Symphony for the Schools

Wednesday July 30, 2014

Frontdoors News

The Phoenix Symphony’s signature education program, Symphony for the Schools, is an extraordinary opportunity for K-12 schools to attend a world-class concert at Symphony Hall. Concerts occur during the school day and are designed to align with the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. This season, an exceptional presentation of Uzu and Muzu of Kakaruzu – An Anti-Bullying Concert will be presented for the first time to Valley students.

This concert experience is based on the book by Ephraim Sidon of Israel, featuring the tale of a disagreement between two brothers that escalates into a conflict that lasts for generations. This internationally-themed piece addresses the idea that many cultures and countries deal with prejudices that arise from a lack of conversation.

In the musical setting of the book, solo percussionists represent the brothers and their families. A wall is built between the soloists onstage, creating a metaphoric representation of the communicative isolation that two feuding parties experience during disagreements. These are conflicts that Arizona students and residents deal with on a daily basis.The performance of Uzu and Muzu in November corresponds with Bullying Prevention Month. Through the story, students view the results of confronting bullies and dealing with conflict. Individuals can find courage in the support of a group and resolution by working together.

“According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, every day 160,000 kids in America stay home from school to avoid being bullied,” says Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “We are pleased to bring this unique concert to Valley students to focus on the importance of positive open communication and conflict resolution to combat the bullying that takes place in classrooms, on playgrounds and online each and every day.”

Uzu and Muzu of Kakaruzu – An Anti-Bullying Concert will be presented at Symphony Hall in multiple performances on November 4 and 5, 2014, as well as April 1 and 2, 2015.

A second educational concert, The Stories of Arizona – Celebrating Arizona State History, will be offered February 18 and 19, 2015. Further educational outreach includes the Bach ‘n’ Roll Assemblies and Classroom Concert ensembles, which tour area schools with engaging educational concerts. As two of the Symphony’s most in-demand programs, performances are interactive and allow musicians, students and teachers to connect through music.

Reservations for 2014/15 Season Symphony for the Schools and Classroom Concerts begin August 1, 2014. To make a reservation or for more information about our education programs, visit The Phoenix Symphony website. Each year over 25,000 students connect the exciting world of music to literature, history, math and science through The Phoenix Symphony.