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

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.

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