Sponsored by BMW Manufacturing, Lollipops is a free program held at local libraries that introduces classical music, orchestral instruments and the musicians of the GSO to our very youngest audience members: preschoolers and early elementary schoolchildren.
These free, 30-minute interactive musical performances blend real classical repertoire such as Mozart, Handel and Schubert with live readings of music-centric storybooks. A small ensemble comprised of a rotating combination of the GSO’s wind quintet, string quintet and a solo percussionist performs while providing the audience cues for physical and verbal actions that ultimately enhance young listeners’ vocabulary and reading comprehension.
As our longest-running education initiative, Lollipops has fostered musical appreciation through active listening and engagement in the local community for over 50 years; and to close every presentation on a special note, “The End” is punctuated with a lollipop for each audience member.
ONCE UPON AN ORCHESTRA
As a collaboration between South Carolina Children’s Theatre (SCCT) and the GSO, Once Upon an Orchestra is also a free performance that engages young listeners and their attending family members with a dramatic blend of orchestral music, narrative, acting and movement.
Classical music repertoire is paired with a storybook and brought to life through a dynamic character performance in costume by the talented SCCT Principal Teaching Artist, Traysie Amick. She performs alongside a small ensemble comprised of a rotating combination of the GSO’s wind quintet, string quintet and a solo percussionist. Additionally, interactive cues for physical actions actively drive the audience through each unique program.
FOR MORE INFO:
> Check our full calendar for upcoming Lollipops and Once Upon an Orchestra events that are open to the public.
> Email GSO Education Director Braxton Ballew, or call him at (864)-233-0344, ext. 19.
> Please note that reservations are not required for either of these events.