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MSO Operation Bridge Building Continues With Free Concerts

19 Sep , 2017  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its annual free education concerts on October 19th and 20th as part of the MSO’s Operation Bridge Building program. The performances feature two themes, geared to common core literacy standards, and including narration and multimedia elements. The Operation Bridge Building concerts are presented free of cost to students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Students in grades K-2 will experience “Carnival of the Animals,” featuring​ Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals with narration​, along with other selections. The K-2 program will be offered Thursday, October ​19 at 11:45 and Friday, October 20 at 9:45.

“​​Storybook Symphony” will be the theme for grades 3 through 5, featuring music such as Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, and Selections from Harry Potter. The “Storybook Symphony” program will be offered Thursday, October 19 at 9:45 and Friday, October 20 at 11:45.

Newly appointed music director of the Mansfield Symphony, Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas, will lead the concerts. Participating schools receive accompanying materials in the weeks prior to the concert to help them prepare students to attend, and schools are also invited to schedule free in-school concerts with Mansfield Symphony chamber groups, including a woodwind trio, brass trio, and string quartet.

To participate in either the symphony concerts at the Renaissance or the in-school concerts, contact the Renaissance Education Department at 419-522-2726, ext.251 or email

The Operation Bridge Building program brings music to over 7,000 students annually across the region, and is a valuable opportunity for students to experience a live orchestra accompanied with an engaging script and visual aids. All performance opportunities are free through the generosity of a donor-advised fund of the Richland County Foundation, with additional funding provided by The Gimbel Foundation and Mechanics Bank.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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