Cleveland Orchestra Cellist Plays for Students in Florida

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One of the world's greatest orchestras is reaching out to children to share their passion for music.

As a part of The Cleveland Orchestra's Community Outreach Program, cellist Brian Thorton paid a special visit to students from the head start program of Charles Drew Elementary School in South Florida.

From Bach to Brahms, Thorton uses improvisation and imaginative storytelling to engage with and inspire the kids.

Many of the children had never seen a cello, or even been exposed to classical music.

"For a lot of us, this is the most important thing that we do outside the orchestra: Come out to schools and touch kids' lives with music," said Thorton.

"Cleveland is one of the best orchestras in the world, and these kids normally would never see someone of that caliber," said Yaron Sarch, a music teacher at the school.

Musicians like Thorton go out into local schools during their performances around the country.

"We really want to be part of the Miami community," says Joan Katz, Director of Education and Community Programs with the Cleveland Orchestra.  "We don't want to just do drive-by performances. It's important for us to be authentically engaged in the community, and working closely with schools, teachers and children are the best way to do that."


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