Shimada, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra engage 2,100 students at Garde concerts

Dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet perform during the first of two Young People's Concerts with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet perform during the first of two Young People's Concerts with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center in New London.

New London - Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conductor Toshiyuki Shimada waited backstage as the ECSO warmed up prior to the first of two Young People's Concerts Thursday at the Garde Arts Center in New London.

About 2,100 students from school districts in Montville, New London, Waterford and Groton heard a selection of pieces along the theme of "From Tales to Tunes" that included Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty", Poulenc's "Babar," narrated by James Stidfole, and Saint Saëns’ “Dance Macabre” interpreted in dance courtesy of the Eastern Connecticut Ballet School.

The performance was funded by donations from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and Charter Oak Federal Credit Union.

Colby Cowan, 8, a third grader from Charles Murphy School in Montville, attempts to pluck the strings on Thomas Green's bass as fourth grader Genevieve Mitchell, 9, looks on prior to the first of two Young People's Concerts with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center
Colby Cowan, 8, a third grader from Charles Murphy School in Montville, attempts to pluck the strings on Thomas Green's bass as fourth grader Genevieve Mitchell, 9, looks on prior to the first of two Young People's Concerts with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center
Dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet huddle up before they take the stage to perform during the first of two Young People's Concerts with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Dancers from the Eastern Connecticut Ballet huddle up before they take the stage to perform during the first of two Young People's Concerts with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toshiyuki Shimada Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conductor Toshiyuki Shimada waits backstage as the ECSO warms up prior to the first of two Young People's Concerts Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014,  at the Garde Arts Center in New London
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra conductor Toshiyuki Shimada waits backstage as the ECSO warms up prior to the first of two Young People's Concerts Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Garde Arts Center in New London

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