The ISO is honored to be a partner in enriching the school’s existing fine arts curricula. During each performance, 2,300 students fill Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center. Many of these students, from all across Polk County, have not had an opportunity to experience a live performance.
With musicians in full concert dress and Maestro Thielen in his tuxedo, the symphony experience also provides a forum for conversation about adapting behavior to surroundings. Teachers are able to lead students in lessons that decipher how behaviors differ from a symphony setting to a classroom setting to the playground.
Each performance includes a special demonstration of each instrument family, with musicians showcasing how sounds are made – by blowing into an instrument or pulling a bow across a string. And, of course, students love to hear the percussion section play!