One Score 2010

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

Public School Students Receive a Trio of Experiences with Pictures at an Exhibition

Thousands of public school students in Chicago, Highland Park, North Chicago and Waukegan are being introduced to classical music through Ravinia’s One Score, One Chicago program this year. Pictures at an Exhibition, the 10-part work originally written for piano by Modest Mussorgsky in 1875 and then arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel, is this year’s selection, and students are learning about the piece in three stages.

1. Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play* education programs collaborated with the Art Institute’s Ryan Education Center to provide workshops for over 100 public school teachers from Chicago, Highland Park and Waukegan on Pictures at an Exhibition and on connections between art and music. Participants were from 28 Chicago Public Schools, 6 Waukegan schools and Highland Park’s three middle schools. Workshops were led by staff members from both institutions as well as by Northwestern University music education professor Dr. Janet Barrett and by Chicago Sinfonietta percussionist Jeff Handley.

2. One Score, One Chicago has also served as a focal point for Ravinia’s Guest Artist in the Classroom Program this year. Over 30 elementary schools have enjoyed live performances by pianists or chamber musicians who have performed Pictures for students in grades k-3. Each of the schools that sent teachers to the professional development workshops received live performances. Performers have included pianists from Ravinia’s Rising Stars series, local musicians, members of the Ravinia Family and ensembles of Midwest Young Artists.

3. On Thursday, May 20 some 2,500 students who have received in-school instruction and performances of the piano piece will come to Ravinia for an orchestral performance of the work. The renowned youth orchestra, Midwest Young Artists, will perform the work with some narrative discussion of the movements and some audience participation. (And—with a nod to another masterwork of this summer’s season at Ravinia, Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun—students will participate in a sing-along of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” accompanied by the MYA.)

Highland Park Middle School - Residency

At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, the string orchestras from Highland Park’s three middle schools—Edgewood, Elm Place and Northwood—will perform Pictures at an Exhibition in Ravinia’s Bennett • Gordon Hall. This concert represents a culmination of a Ravinia music residency in Highland Park middle schools. Students received a multimedia introduction to the Mussorgsky and Ravel versions followed by weekly visits by classical musicians who coached the children in sectional rehearsals. The performance will be by a combined group of all three orchestras. The Bennett • Gordon Hall program will also feature art work done by students from the three middle schools, who created works inspired by the Mussorgsky piece. Invited guests will include fifth graders from Highland Park elementary schools, parents and community members. Each year Ravinia provides a music residency to two Highland Park elementary schools and three middle schools in partnership with the District 112 Foundation.

Chicago Public Elementary School Residencies

Students in nine Chicago Public schools participating in Ravinia’s Music Discovery Program have done in-depth explorations of Pictures during their school year residencies. They learned about Mussorgsky and other Russian composers, his inspiration for composing the piece, and specific musical motifs found in the piece. Ravinia teaching artists and CPS classroom teachers introduced their students in grades K-3 to sections including “Promenade,” “The Great Gate of Kiev” and “The Gnome,” among others. Children will interpret the piece through movement and song at their schools throughout April and May. Schools included are Thorp, Gresham, McCorkle, Spencer, Erie Charter, Catalyst Charter-Circle Rock, Overton, Parkman and Hamline.

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