Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Sutton Students Prepare for Symphony Chorus

oso1 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/15/13) – Repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, is how Sutton Elementary Music teacher Vic Harrison is teaching third and fourth grade members of the Sutton Elementary Chorus how to sing their parts in Italian for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Puccini’s La Boheme.

They will perform Sunday in Act 2, which calls for a group of children to sing.

“The hardest part is getting all the words into the very fast tempos and complex rhythms that Italian opera sometimes includes. Puccini certainly does that in Act 2,” explained Harrison. “It’s difficult because they are third and fourth graders, but they also pick up well on foreign languages because they are third and fourth graders,” said Harrison.

He says he has found that repetition is the key to teaching his students to sing the score. “The problem is our limited practice time that makes it very difficult. So, we have made videos and put a link on my blog so that students can link to and watch the video of our pronunciations on YouTube. And, we are practicing hard to perfect our performance,” Harrison explained.

The students are also performing with the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and cast members of the Kentucky Opera Company who will also be a part of the OSO performance this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the RiverPark Center. Tickets are available by calling the RiverPark Center Box Office.

“Back in 1989 and 1991, I was privileged to sing in the Kentucky Opera chorus in Louisville and it is a thrill to be a part of a production like an opera, which draws together all four of the fine arts disciplines in glorious fashion--music, theatre, visual art, and many times dance. So I'm very happy for my students to be a part of this,” Harrison said. “This opera really is a fantastic ‘synthesis’ of not only the performing arts, but also of the musical elements we learn about every year in elementary school—those of rhythm, melody, timbre, tempo, harmony, form, dynamics—they are all there, and it’s great for the children to see that in real life. We are very fortunate to perform on stage with an outstanding orchestra and Maestro Palmer,” he said.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Julie Ellis

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Historic Downtown Princeton Hosts Chalk Walk Festival

PRINCETON, Ky. (9/29/14) — The Princeton Main Street Committee has announced the Chalk Walk Art Festival that will be… Read More

BMS Celebrates Academic Achievement for September

BENTON, Ky. (9/29/14) — Every month, Benton Middle School celebrates academic achievement in academics with the CAP… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 26, 2014 5322

Super Walmart Headed to Hanson, Fate of…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
September 24, 2014 4374

Grapevine Road Collision Results in One Fatality,…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Trooper Stu Recke
September 25, 2014 4051

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in News by Karen McKnight
September 27, 2014 3261

Hopkins County Grand Jury Misdemeanor Indictments

in News by Karen McKnight
September 26, 2014 3146

Drug Sting Results in Meth Trafficking Charge

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 29, 2014 2846

Endless Road Strings Bring Orchestra Mix to…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2832

Ace Squared Offering Free GED Classes

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2825

Muhlenberg Community Hospital to Host Lighting of…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Erin Warren
September 25, 2014 2655

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Sept. 25,…

in News by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2219

Police Arrest Man for Public Intoxication Three…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2132

Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Resisting Arrest,…

in Top Stories by Information provided by MPD

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 24, 2014 4374

Grapevine Road Collision Results in One…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Trooper Stu Recke
September 26, 2014 3146

Drug Sting Results in Meth Trafficking…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2219

Police Arrest Man for Public Intoxication…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 25, 2014 2132

Shoplifting Complaint Leads to Resisting…

in Top Stories by Information provided by MPD
September 29, 2014 1520

Man, Woman Charged with Violating EPO…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 29, 2014 2846

Endless Road Strings Bring Orchestra Mix…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2832

Ace Squared Offering Free GED Classes

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
September 25, 2014 2825

Muhlenberg Community Hospital to Host…

in Top Stories by Information provided by Erin Warren
September 26, 2014 1971

Muhlenberg Job Corps Recognizes Employee…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
September 26, 2014 1952

Muhlenberg 911 Service Recipient of…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06