The Orchestra Sings! at JDHS
Miles Shriver, a fifth grader at Gastineau Community School, had never seen anything like he saw Friday morning.
Shriver, along with more than 400 other fifth graders, watched the Juneau Symphony perform at Juneau-Douglas High School as part of the Any Given Child program to provide a diverse and inspirational arts education to Juneau’s children.
“I’ve only heard this good of music in Disney movies,” Shriver said afterward.
The Symphony played a few pieces that it’s prepared to play at this weekend’s “Shakespeare in Love” concerts, but played a couple more that allowed the children to participate as well. Many of the students brought instruments — including violins, violas, cellos and recorders — and played along with songs such as Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”
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Photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire