YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Approximately 3,000 students got to skip school Thursday for a taste of the fine arts.
It was a field trip to Powers Auditorium in downtown Youngstown to hear the talents of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Director Randall Craig Fleischer used music to tell the story of the symphony, highlighting each instrument along the way.
The theme of Thursday’s Young People’s Concert was “Bach to the Future.”
The history started in 6,000 B.C. with the discovery of the drum and continued right up to 1977 when Steve Jobs invented the personal computer.The goal was to to harvest a love of music in each child.
“Many of these children are in schools where our members of the orchestra perform in their classroom, so it gives those children an opportunity to see the same people they see in their classroom up on the stage doing what they do for a living,” said Patricia Syak, president and CEO of the Youngstown Symphony Society.
During the concert, the children were recorded singing with musicians from more than 40 countries. The footage will be made into a youtube video in the near future.