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A Special Lesson

Feb. 25, 2014 @ 06:51 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Students got a special lesson in music making Monday as members of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra performed at three local schools.

The performances were part of Education for Future Orchestra Related Tradition, or E.F.F.O.R.T., a program hosted by the symphony orchestra that is aimed at bringing live music experience to children in the Tri-State.

A group called The Kingsbury Woodwind Quintet, made up of members of the symphony orchestra, traveled to Guyandotte Elementary, Peyton Elementary and Barboursville Middle schools to play songs and talk to students about their instruments, said Kay Lawson, a bassoonist in the quintet and the orchestra.

"This is our chance to visit children in schools and play music that we think will give them the idea of how our instruments work," Lawson said. "The role of music, live music, is something they can get a great joy out of."

At Peyton Elementary, Lawson attached a rubber glove at the end of her bassoon that filled with air when she played the lowest note on the instrument to show students how air passed through it.

She and the rest of the quintet each took turns explaining how their instruments worked by playing the highest and lowest notes on the instruments and by explaining how the mouthpieces differed on each one.

Peyton Principal Ryan McKenzie said the event was one that helped expose some students to something they otherwise may never have known about.

"A lot of our kids may not be able to make it to one of their concerts," McKenzie said. "It's great to have the music come to the kids. I hope there is someone in there who falls in love with it. Even if it just becomes a hobby, any time you can help a child find their passion is wonderful."

Students at all three schools also received letters inviting them to attend a symphony orchestra performance with their families, free of charge.

The next performance of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, titled "1st Night: An Evening of Symphonic Debuts," will be 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit www.huntingtonsymphony.org.

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