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February 14th, 2013:

Symphony Stories

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State Library of North Carolina

If you attended school in North Carolina, then chances are you’ve had the opportunity to participate in the North Carolina Symphony’s educational concert program. The Government and Heritage Library is very pleased to provide access to a new online collection of the student guidebooks, originally titled Symphony Stories, which were given to children as part of that program. The North Carolina Symphony’s music education program began in 1945, with the combined efforts of then Music Director Benjamin Swalin, his wife Maxine, and Director of Education Adeline McCall. The program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of music, musical terminology, the instruments of the orchestra, and the concert repertoire, culminating in a live performance by the North Carolina Symphony.

Dating back to 1947, these booklets give students a look into composers’ lives, teach proper concert behavior, and provide an introduction to the music they will hear in their live concert. They include the concert’s program as well as wonderful images and snippets of music scores. The Symphony Stories provide a fascinating look back at the North Carolina Symphony’s history and the great work they’ve done bringing music to the lives of millions of children.

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