Students from 10 Lincoln County elementary schools and Lincoln Charter School attended a matinee performance by the N.C. Symphony on Thursday, before the evening performance of Holiday Pops at the Citizen’s Center.
The daytime performance ended with a sing-along and a recorder performance by fifth-graders from area schools, who all seemed excited as they hurried to their seats, dressed in their professional wear.
An art teacher in Lincoln County, Laurie Raeker, was recognized before the show got under way, because of the final song that would be performed later — “North Carolina is My Home” — a piece from a musical that was co-written by her father, Loonis McGlohon.
“We recognize that this will be the first time these children are hearing a full orchestra,” said Jessica Nalbone, director of education for the N.C. Symphony.
“They are having the same experience right now as many adults have.”
William Henry Curry conducted the morning renditions of pieces from composers such as Mozart, with brief explanations in between each song where he explained the context behind it and where it originated.
Curry also introduced each section of the orchestra, with a sample played by a musician in each sector of the group, and encouraged the elementary-aged children to try their hands at learning to play music in middle and high school.