Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play Education Program Partnership
For over 10 years, Ravinia Festival‘s Reach*Teach*Play Education Program and the 112 Education Foundation have partnered to bring high quality musical residencies and performances to Highland Park elementary and middle school students. Ravinia brings top Chicago musicians to work with the students in band, orchestra and choir. Each year all fifth graders have the opportunity to attend a musical performance at Ravinia. The Reach*Teach*Play Education Program hosts the annual Kids Go Classic concert at Ravinia Festival where hundreds of District 112 students and their families are given free lawn passes to attend a summer afternoon concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
2017-2018 Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play Education Program
Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play Education Program introduced students to the music of Leonard Bernstein as part of the two-year celebration of the centennial of his birth. Chorus students from each of the Districts’ middle schools enjoyed engaging with Artist in Resident Bryan Johnson. Mr. Johnson visited each school and helped the students polish works they had prepared with their Chorus teachers, including America from West Side Story and Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring. The students’ preparation culminated in a moving choral concert directed by Bryan Johnson at Bennett Gordon Hall on March 2nd.
Fourth and fifth grade students throughout the District enjoyed field trips to Bennett Gordon Hall on April 20th. Representatives from the Reach*Teach*Play department shared an excerpt from Bernstein’s televised Young People’s Concerts, noting that they are an excellent resource for students to learn more about music (www.leonardbernstein.com/about/educator/young-peoples-concerts). The students also enjoyed a multi-media performance by 5th House Ensemble that combined a live music performance with video of an artist painting works of art that complemented the music’s themes. As a special treat, two sopranos, a guest pianist and Ravinia Festival CEO Welz Kauffman performed lively Bernstein selections.