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Second Grade students and teachers who are part of the Cultural Passport program will have the opportunity to visit one of three orchestra concerts with Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra Miami, or Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children. Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected attractions and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience.
The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below. Thank you for your commitment to the students of Dade County as you allow them to experience all that the Miami-Dade County has to offer.
For All Grade 2:
This 60-minute concert for Grade 2 pairs The Cleveland Orchestra with one of the coolest young Latin bands today, the three-time Grammy-nominated music group Tiempo Libre! The program explores orchestral music traditions from early origins in Africa, through Europe, to the Caribbean and Latin America, to today's concert hall. Join us for this joyful concert that will make your students want to dance and clap along!
About Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and its summer home at Blossom Music Center, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement.
The Purple Palace
The Purple Palace is a composition for full orchestra and narrator that tells the comic but touching tale of the land of Chromatica, where everything is light and color. Queen Red and King Blue have a child, Princess Purple. When she becomes queen, she banishes all colors but purple. This leads to nothing but trouble for her, and she eventually comes to understand her mistake. She invites all the banished colors to return, and Chromatica is once again vibrant and full of color. Beyond its affirmative social message for children- emphasizing the value of diversity and democracy- the story is rich in visual images that are clearly portrayed in the music. Each color has a theme, and as the plot unfolds, orchestral colors are varied and mixed just as an artist would use colors to illustrate the story in a book.
About Orchestra Miami
Since its inception in 2006, Orchestra Miami has been fulfilling its mission of bringing quality, affordable symphonic concerts to the residents of Miami Dade County in a number of ways. Their commitment to making music accessible and bringing it to neighborhoods which may not otherwise enjoy concerts of this type is reflected in their choice of venues. They have performed in major venues associated with classical music (Miami Dade County Auditorium, Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami), in schools (Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus; Miami Dade College, North Campus), as well as in churches (St. John’s by the Bay in Miami Beach; St. Martha’s in Miami Shores; First Presbyterian of Miami) and Art Galleries (ArtSouth in Homestead and the Kelley Roy Gallery in Wynwood).
Peter and the Wolf Study Guide
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf is a composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 in the USSR. It is a children's story (with both music and text by Prokofiev), spoken by a narrator accompanied by the orchestra.
About Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children
Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children enriches the lives of South Florida residents providing affordable high quality, classical music concerts. Music lovers are attracted to the series because of the talent of the internationally acclaimed artists. Each year audiences have increased due to the high caliber of artists and reasonable ticket prices.