Schools Outreach Program
The Schools Outreach Program sends classical musicians to more than a dozen elementary schools during one week every winter. The children hear much more than beautiful music as the artists talk about their careers, their instruments and the music itself, and field a host of questions from their young audiences. An animated and outgoing performer, founding Artistic Director David Kim often did this program by himself, or with a piano accompanist, and is now known by a whole generation of young people in southern Rhode Island. In recent years, the festival has sent a diverse range of musicians to the schools, including an accordionist, a percussionist, and small ensembles.
2017 Schools Outreach
Two divergent cultures and instruments should produce some interesting harmonies for children during the Festival’s annual Schools Outreach Program the week of March 13-17, 2017. Violinist Noah Geller and percussionist Mari Yoshinaga were married in 2015 and now the couple will marry their instruments to present a music program in schools throughout the region. The couple will showcase works for violin, vibraphone and other percussion instruments, as well as works by Jewish and Japanese composers to tell the stories of their backgrounds. Yoshinaga will also engage students in some fun rhythm and movement activities. Geller, concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony, has appeared at several Kingston festivals. Yoshinaga is a founding member of the arx duo, which she formed with fellow percussionist Garrett Arney when the two were graduate students at Yale University. Geller and Yoshinaga are both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The couple will visit as many as 12 schools during the outreach program and also participate in a special winter concert, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 17, at Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at URI. The concert will be free to all children under 18.
Summer Festival Outreach
Since 2001, an artist or ensemble has been sent into the Rhode Island community during the two weeks of the summer festival in order to spread the joy of chamber music. They have visited summer camps, youth groups, senior centers, hospitals, and even a supermarket, to present a free mini-concert/discussion.