2003-04-26 / Community

Local Teams To Compete In Music Finals

Local Teams To Compete In Music Finals

Teams from P.S. 114 and P.S. 183 will compete in the citywide Finals of Riverside Symphony’s "Music Memory" program. Teachers Robin Levy and Martin Penzer will bring the teams to the Finals to be held on Monday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

One hundred and ten school children will compete in the Finals. The representative schools from all five boroughs will be made up of teams of five children. They will compete in this name-that-tune type event in which third- through sixth-grade students show off their knowledge of 16 musical selections drawn from the classical repertory, jazz, and Broadway.

Cheered on by their schoolmates, the children will be called upon to identify both compositions and composer after hearing a melodic fragment – or even a single chord – performed onstage by Riverside Symphony under the direction of George Rothman. Though first prizes are awarded in two age categories, all teams will be recognized at this inspiring event.

A panel of honorary judges, including Channel 7 Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter and Nancy Shankman; Director of Music, New York City Department of Education, will present ribbons and certificates in all participating teams at the conclusion.

"Music Memory" was introduced by Riverside Symphony in New York City schools in 1999. Since that time, the program has grown rapidly through word of mouth in education circles and now serves nearly 7,000 students in 71 schools.

Although "Music Memory’s" innovative curriculum is taught throughout the United States, Riverside Symphony is the only orchestra to sponsor the program. The Symphony hosts annual training sessions to familiarize New York City teachers with the Music Memory curriculum and teaching method.

Formed in 1981 by George Rothman and Anthony Korf, Riverside Symphony has been widely acclaimed for young soloists of exceptional promise and speculation in bringing to wider attention major new orchestral works from around the world and unfamiliar works by the great masters. The symphony has recorded six CD’s.

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