Cameron Explorer Concerts



"Ways to Use Words"


Robert Franz, Conductor

Bring your class, grades 4-8, to Jones Hall for this year's Explorer Concert, "Ways to Use Words."


This season’s Explorer Concert, “Ways to Use Words,” will reinforce the TEKS curriculum and the STAAR testing for language arts. This program will examine the various forms of expression that authors use.

What would the experience of watching a movie be without the help of music to tell the story? Music helps to set the scene, create tension and illustrate drama. The possibilities of sound and color within the orchestra are endless, the Explorer Concerts seek to spark the imagination of students to allow them to dig deeper and uncover the roots of the music.

Students will explore Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, as the orchestra brings these historical stories to life.  Just ten days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Copland wrote A Lincoln Portrait to inspire patriotism at a time when it was most needed. Copland accomplished this by using Lincoln’s quotes from the Gettysburg Address, the Lincoln-Douglas debates and his congressional address, while also incorporating American folksongs.  The Egmont Overture is based on the historical play by Goethe, telling the story of the fight of Count Egmont against the tyrannical Duke of Alba of Spain.  The Explorer Concert will strengthen students’ abilities to identify the primary elements of a story: characters, plot and setting. The orchestra will tell Bernstein’s story of Candide, Prokofiev’s illustration of Romeo and Juliet and will bring to life the poet hero, Lemminkainen by Sibelius.

Program:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Grofe: Mississippi Suite
                   Huckleberry Finn
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
                   Montagues and Capulets
Sibelius: Lemminkainen's Return
Williams, J: The Sorcerer Stone - Children's Suite
                   Hedwig's Flight

2013-2014 Explorer Concert Dates:
*All concerts are 50 minutes in duration*

Monday, October 7, 2013 -- 9:30 AM -- SOLD OUT
Monday, October 7, 2013 -- 11:15 AM -- SOLD OUT
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 -- 9:30 AM -- SOLD OUT
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 -- 11:15 AM -- SOLD OUT
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 -- 9:30 AM -- SOLD OUT
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 -- 11:15 AM -- SOLD OUT
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 -- 9:30 AM -- SOLD OUT
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 -- 11:15 AM -- SOLD OUT

Ticket Prices
Students -- $4
Adults -- $5
1 complimentary ticket for every 10 students

Registration Form:
Click here to download a 13-14 Explorer Concert Registration Form

Attention Houston ISD schools: click here to download a Registration Form

Teacher Guidebook:
Click here for rules, lesson plans and activities to prepare your students for this experience.

CONTRIBUTORS WHO MAKE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE

Lieutenant Governor David H. Dewhurst
The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts
Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation
Bauer Family Foundation
George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
Vivian L. Smith Foundation
Lillian Kaiser Lewis Foundation
                     





 

  

 
Photo Credit: Jeff Fitlow

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