Tuesday, November 11, 2014
A View from the Stage: Collaborative Education
(Written by guest blogger Nancy Kaphaem, Cellist for Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and FVSO Education Quartet)
One of the best things that I get to do as a professional cellist and teacher is to play with the Fox Valley Symphony's Artistic Adventures education program for elementary age children. Collaborating this year with the Trout Museum and the Fox Cities PAC was fantastic. To consider that a string quartet this fall played in 22 up-close performances for over 700 children total is astounding and incredibly meaningful.
Experiencing live music can lead to deeper understanding, joy, and a rich emotional range that is beyond words. I am so privileged to work with other enthusiastic members of the Fox Valley Symphony in this educational outreach and in all of our symphonic concerts.
Every year I cherish these rich times that bring for all of us, performers, students and our symphonic audience at the PAC alike, priceless experiences of community and deep connection.
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
― Khalil Gibran
“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”