THE CHILDREN'S CONCERT
The Children’s Concert is a special GSO concert created for elementary school students and provides the authentic experience of attending a Masterworks Series concert in the grand Peace Center Concert Hall. 3,000 Greenville County elementary and home-schooled students hear the GSO live, free of charge.
The Children’s Concert includes two 45-minute full orchestra performances conducted by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, with special repertoire coordinated and designed with fourth- and fifth graders in mind. Two lucky students are selected to take the “Tchivzhel Challenge”: after receiving a short conducting lesson from Maestro Tchivzhel, they conduct the GSO’s grand finale! (Because of Covid-19 the "Tchivzhel Challenge" will not take place this year)
For many students, this exceptional school field trip is their first opportunity to hear their orchestra the way it’s meant to be heard: live and in-person!
GSO CHILDREN'S CONCERT 2021 UPDATE:
The 2021 Children’s Concert will take place on November 12. Public schools will not be able to attend this year. That said, the concert will be recorded and edited for teachers to use in their classrooms. Teachers can request a copy of the recording by emailing the Education Manager, David Kiser.
The program will consist of two back-to-back FREE concerts. 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM or 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM at the Peace Center Concert Hall on November 12th. The concert features cello soloist Jonathan Swensen in a selection from Dvorak’s famous Cello Concerto.
Jonathan Swensen first fell in love with the cello upon hearing the Elgar Concerto at the age of six, and ultimately made his concerto debut at the age of twenty performing that very piece with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. Jonathan has captured First Prizes at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, 2018
Khachaturian International Cello Competition, and 2019 Windsor International String Competition. In his
native Denmark, he was recipient of the Jacob Gades Scholarship in 2019, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize
in 2017, and First Prize at the 2016 Danish String Competition.
The symphony is opening registration to other young students in the community. If you have had a previous reservation, please confirm that with Education Manager. If you do not have a previous reservation and would like to attend one of these special concerts please contact David Kiser at email@example.com or call 864-232-0344, ext. 119 with the following information:
1. The number in your group (including adult chaperones)
2. How you are getting there (car, private bus, walking, carpooling, etc.)
3. Any Special Needs
4. A note that you understand the Peace Center Health Protocols (see below)
5. What time you would like to attend (10 am or 11 am)
Alternatively, sign up using this Google Form. Deadline to guarantee seats is October 26th.
Important: Peace Center Health Protocols: Please navigate to the Peace Center website and read their protocols. Generally, children will need to wear masks for the duration of the concert and adults who meet certain requirements (again read them for yourself) can choose not to. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask David Kiser.
Learn more about the Greenville Symphony's educational initiatives here.