On Wednesday, October 16, Southwestern third graders had the privilege of meeting Maestro William Intrilligator as he came to our school. He is the conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Maestro William demonstrated his ability to play the oboe; he is an accomplished oboe player. He also shared his personal experiences about how music has always been a driving factor in his life and how music has had a profound impact on him. He talked about the four families of instruments in the symphony and then played musical examples of those specific instrument families. He explained that theme songs and background music for major movies are performed by symphonies. Thank you to Maestro William for sharing his love of music and inspiring the third graders, with his enthusiastic presentation, to be excited about music, too.
On Friday, October 18, SW third graders attended a special performance of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra at The Five Flags Theater, in Dubuque, IA. As part of the third grade music curriculum, the students study each of the instruments in the symphony, learn the importance of each instrument, and listen to specific musical arrangements to identify the instruments. The performance featured each family of instruments, musical demonstration of each one, and highlighted certain musical arrangements that showcase that family of instruments. It was a very exciting, entertaining event. Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
A special thanks to all the staff, students and parents who volunteered their time to make a difference in the appearance of our hallways.