Davenport, IA - In an era when field trips are becoming increasingly rare, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Day can still pull a crowd. On April 1, the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra will entertain and educate 6,000 area fourth and fifth grade students with its 26th annual Symphony Day. These narrated concerts at the Adler Theatre highlight the orchestra through short and varied works, while showing the students the inner workings of the orchestra on a giant overhead video projection. This year's program, "Music is a Magic Carpet Ride!" will include music from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
, Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia
, Gliere's The Red Poppy
and music from Disney's animated feature Alladin.
For many youths, this is the first time they have had the opportunity to attend a live symphony concert in a concert hall.
Press is welcome to attend any of the three scheduled performances: 9:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. Buses begin arriving a half-hour before each performance, with children streaming through the lobby until the time of the performance. Symphony Day draws from 32 different school districts, 195 public, private and home-study classrooms, all coming from within a 45-mile radius of the Quad Cities.
Symphony Day is sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, the Junior Board of Rock Island, the Rauch Foundation, Aquent Software Development Center, and Volunteers for Symphony.