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National Symphony brings music to Crossroads Elementary

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Musicians from the renowned National Symphony Orchestra recently paid a special visit to fourth and fifth graders at Crossroads Elementary School to help them understand the connection between music and the world around them. 

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In honor of Crossroads' special guests, Judge Executive Melanie Roberts was on hand to proclaim Feb. 18 “National Symphony Orchestra Day” in Bullitt County.

The visit was part of the orchestra’s 2011 American Residencies: Kentucky tour, which was made possible by a partnership between the Kentucky Arts Council and the NSO. 

Crossroads music teacher, Amy Cuenca, who in September requested the orchestra visit, said the program, entitled Connections: Science and Music, was just what students needed to learn about the relationship between music and science.

Through live performance and multimedia, members of the NSO showed students how scientists and musicians were more alike than they thought and how principles of sound gave rhythm to science. 

“It was just perfect for our school because we focus so much on the arts and sciences,” Cuenca said.

“It was really a great opportunity for students to see these world famous musicians and make a connection between music and science.”

Now in its 80th season, the NSO regularly participates in events of national and international importance, including performances for state occasions, presidential inaugurations and official holiday celebrations. 

The NSO numbers 100 musicians, presenting a 52-week season of approximately 175 concerts each year.

These include classical subscription series, pops concerts, and one of the country’s most extensive educational programs.

During their Kentucky visit, the orchestra performed major concerts in Louisville, Florence, Owensboro, Paducah, Lexington and Somerset. 

Additionally, members of the orchestra traveled to 35 Kentucky communities to participate in more than 150 educational, outreach and performance activities in 66 venues.