Benjamin Sung & Gregory Sauer @ Rosemary Beach Town Hall
Free and open to the public:
As part of Rosemary Beach Foundation’s 2nd Annual Music in Pictures, approx. 1,300 students from 14 Walton County schools listened to and visually interpreted musical selections from Carnival of the Animals by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. The grand prize winners will be recognized at the March 3rd ceremony followed by a concert with international award winner and assistant violin professor at Florida State University, Benjamin Sung, along with principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony, Gregory Sauer.
The musical program will feature selections from different eras and different cultures. The violin and cello have been beloved instruments of musicians, composers, and audiences since they first appeared on the scene in the 1500s. It is fascinating to realize how much variety there can be in the music written for them. The music on our program will range from Italian works from the earliest days of the violin and cello to a bluegrass-inspired offering by American fiddle icon Mark O'Connor.
Gregory Sauer feels that “Arts education gives students a tangible way to experience the purpose of all learning: not simply to receive and store information and skills, but to be enabled to synthesize those gifts in a new and creative way that continues the process of cultural growth.”
Educators received their teacher’s manuals and musical CDs in September 2012. The students studied the composer, Camille Saint-Saens, and his musical style then listened to 6 selections from Carnival of the Animals. Students were asked to interpret one or more of the selections in a piece of artwork. This adventure produced many creative interpretations of: The Royal March of the Lion, The Aviary, The Aquarium, The Kangaroo, The Elephant and The Swan.