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Teacher Materials

2022-2023 Symphony Concerts in the Schools

Elementary Concert: “Symphonic Fairy Tales”

ONCE UPON A TIME… There were trolls, and princesses, and nutcrackers, oh my! Join the Utah Symphony as we explore some of your favorite fairy tales from around the world. We’ll make visits to Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, Peer Gynt, and Mexico! And we’ll learn how certain music elements (timbre, tempo, dynamics, and instrumentation) help to tell the various stories. We promise that your students will love watching these stories come to life through some iconic music.

Concert Program: Click on the names of the composers to access brief biographies. Click on the names of the musical works to listen to recordings of the music.

GRIEG: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt
RAVEL: “Conversations of Beauty and the Beast” and “The Fairy Garden” from Mother Goose Suite
CHAVEZ: Selections from Sinfonia India
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship” and “Festival in Baghdad” from Scheherazade
TCHAIKOVSKY: “March of the Toy Soldiers”, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”, and “Trepak” from The Nutcracker

Corresponding Teacher Materials

Learn more about the elements of music through musical excerpts from the concert program in this 20-minute PowerPoint Presentation. It is designed to be “hands-free” in that as soon as you begin the presentation, it should be narrated and advance itself. Sit back and learn with your students!

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Secondary Concert: “Music of America”

Our diverse, multicultural American music of the 21st century is a product of unique folk
music combined with influences from people who came to America from all over the
world. Join the Utah Symphony as we take a look at all different kinds of American
music from many different backgrounds to experience some of the cultures that helped
create our big, diverse America.

Concert Program: Click on the names of the composers to access brief
biographies. Click on the names of the musical works to listen to recordings of the
music.

DVORÁK: Movement I: Adagio—Allegro molto and Movement II: Largo from the New World Symphony
FLORENCE PRICE: “Nimble Feet” from Dances in the Canebrakes
WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Movement III. “Animato” from Afro-American Symphony
CHÁVEZ: Excerpts from Sinfonia India
COPLAND: “Buckaroo Holiday” and “Hoe Down” from Rodeo