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WHSO Performs Special Concert for West Hartford Third Graders

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra hosted third graders from West Hartford Public Schools for a special concert held at Conard High School.

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

Submitted by Tom Caraher. Photos by Hunter Marotto

Conard High School was the site of a very important concert on Thursday, where more than 700 third graders from West Hartford Public Schools had the opportunity to be “up close and personal” with WHSO musicians in an event featuring narrator Michael Dunn.

This annual concert is held shortly before students make their own instrument choices for their school orchestra and having the opportunity to sit with and talk to musicians helps the students in their selection.

Watching the smiles and amazement in both the audience and from those students selected to join on stage is real proof that music is something that can be shared between all ages! In many cases, this concert is the first exposure that these students will have to classical music. Musical Director, Richard Chiarappa complimented the students on being able to pick up the tempo and clap along during “Can Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld. The enthusiastic applause and appreciation that students gave back to the orchestra reinforced why musicians from WHSO say that this concert is their favorite performance of the year.

Also, it’s time to mark those calendars and make plans to attend the final concert of the orchestra’s 16th season when WHSO Plays The Armed Forces Day Pops Concert on Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at West Hartford Town Hall. Tickets and concert information are available at WHSO.org.

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West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert for third graders at Conard High School, April 19, 2018. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

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