For the second day in a row, Glenn Arbour Academy students had the pleasure of watching a live performance of the National Academy Orchestra. Today, it was our primary students’ turn to watch Maestro Boris Brott conduct the NAO in another of its educational concert.
The children enjoyed listening to 13 year old pianist/composer Anita Pari as she and the NAO played excerpts from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Anita addressed the audience on the importance of practicing. She started by practicing 15 min per day when she first started taking lessons at the age of three. Now she practices four to five hours every day!
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf was the centrepiece of today’s concert. Maestro Brott introduced each instrument prior to narrating and conducting the NAO. The students had the pleasure of watching 16 year old Burlington artist Josh Tiessen paint a pivotal scene from Peter and the Wolf while the orchestra performed. He reminded everyone that everybody has a talent. Josh advised the children in the audience to, “keep drawing, paint, build with Lego and sculpt with Play-Doh.”
The students had lots of fun as they listened to a medley from the Lion King and participated in a rousing sing-a-long of Rattlin Bog. Everyone had a great time and left the theatre with a smile on their face!