February 15, 2019

In March, members of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO), along with a guest narrator, will present “Tall Tales and Long Tails,” a program under the direction of Matthew Kraemer, ICO’s music director and conductor.

The program will be presented at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Caleb Mills Auditorium at Shortridge High School, 3401 N. Meridian St.

Suited for students in Grades 1-2, priority attendance is being offered to IPS students through the Any Given Child program.

“‘Tall Tales and Long Tails’ teaches the connection between English language arts and music,” said Kraemer. “Authors and composers are both storytellers and make important choices in order to create their tale. Both must decide what happens at the beginning, middle and end of their story. But whereas an author uses words, a composer uses notes.”

To help explore some of the choices authors and composers make, the ICO will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” a piece that has introduced orchestral instruments and delighted young listeners for generations. While listening to the masterpiece, students will help create word banks to describe the story that Prokofiev unfolds with both words and music.

The program includes audience participation and lots of great music; it also incorporates various educational resources to reveal the magic of orchestra sounds.

“Tall Tales and Long Tails” is sponsored by Indianapolis Public Schools, Any Given Child Indy, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

IPS schools interested in attending the concert should contact David Newman at newmand@myips.org to reserve spots for your students.