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Sixth grade students learn about classical music, serenaded by alumni

| May 7, 2019

sixth grade students listen to the musical group Hot Club SaratogaSPAC brought classical music to students at Shaker High School, as sixth grade students heard from the group “Hot Club of Saratoga” about classical arts. The 25 year program at SPAC brings an in-school presentation to students: an orchestra for 6th graders, and dance for 5th graders.

Another special treat for the students was a chance to see one of their own perform. Tucker Callendar, a SHS alumnus, is the violinist in Hot Club of Saratoga.

Tucker Callander of Hot Club Saratoga plays the violinAfter the performance, students were invited to SPAC to see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform the score from the Pixar animated film “Up”, live with the movie. If they come to that performance, SPAC gives students lawn passes that allows admission for them and an adult for free to any orchestra or ballet performance until they graduate high school.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to experience a world-renowned ensemble like the Philadelphia Orchestra on SPAC’s incredible stage,” said Deb Keough, District Music Supervisor.

“The arts have the power to change the lives of people, so when they hear this presentation or come to SPAC, for many of them I hope it sparks something,” said Dennis Moench, Senior Director of Education at SPAC. “Either a desire to create or that it opens their minds to new things.”

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