Children Perform with the Durham Symphony

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Young Music Makers Young and old alike can enjoy a fun sampling of classical music in a relaxed environment when the Durham Children’s Choir and KidZNotes Orchestra join the Durham Symphony for a family-friendly concert Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Emily K. Center in Durham. Admission is free.

The symphony’s repertoire for the performance includes Danse Negre by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, American Fantasy by Victor Herbert and excerpts from Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

The Durham Symphony began in 1976 as an all-volunteer community orchestra offering free concerts. Since then, it has evolved into a nonprofit organization comprised of trained volunteers and professionals that delivers high-quality music for area residents.

The Durham Children’s Choir and the symphony perform together “Changing of the Guard Children’s Chorus” from Georges Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen. The choir, which held its first auditions in 2004, boasts 88 students in third through eighth grades. It studies and performs choral, world and gospel music, as well as Broadway and popular American songs. Scott Hill, a retired teacher with the Durham Public Schools, leads the choir.

Also performing with the symphony is KidZNotes Orchestra, a group of music students in pre-kindergarten to third grade from Durham’s Eastway, E.K. Powe and Y.E. Smith elementary schools. KidZNotes is a new nonprofit program that provides free classical music training and instruments to underprivileged children in the city.

The Emily K. Center is located at 904 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. For more information, visit, or

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