• Esa-Pekka Salonen's Catch and Release performed live from the Henry Wood Hall, London.

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    (May 21, 2018, 12:30 pm EST)

    Connect your students with young musicians around the world by watching live orchestral performances.
    If you catch the live stream you will be able to chat with the Artistic Director of OpusYou.
    You can also learn about the composer, the artists involved and instruments used.

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Meet the Artists

Composer: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen is a Finnish orchestral conductor and composer. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Composer-In-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, and Artistic Director and cofounder of the Baltic Sea Festival.
Conductor: Scott Ellaway
A British conductor and Artistic Director of OpusYou. Named by BBC Music Magazine as one of the UK’s Top Ten Emerging Talents.
Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra performs over 120 concerts a year and was named by Gramophone as one of the top five orchestras in the world.
Soprano: Sherezade Panthaki
An acknowledged star in the early-music field, has developed ongoing collaborations with interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, William Christie, and Masaaki Suzuki.

Preparatory Materials

This lesson should take 45 minutes.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten provides a fantastic introduction to the instruments your students will encounter in these live streaming sessions. We recommend you complete all of the activities below in advance, drawing particular attention to the instruments we will feature in the live sessions. Alternatively, before each individual live session you could focus on the instruments your students are about to hear by playing the relevant sections of the music as detailed below. Please note that the performance is recorded in two parts.

Worksheet Downloads

Introductory Worksheet
You can prepare your students before each live stream by downloading this preparatory worksheet. All suggestions can be adapted and are tailored to your individual requirements.
Support Worksheet
Download and print out these pictures of orchestral instruments and create a set of sixteen instrument picture cards.

Videos to Watch

Musical Excerpt
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Part 1) composed by Benjamin Britten provides an introduction to the instruments your students will encounter in the live streaming sessions.
Musical Excerpt
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Part 2) composed by Benjamin Britten provides an introduction to the instruments your students will encounter in the live streaming sessions.
Bonus Material
The piano belongs to the keyboard family. Introduce your students to this Intermezzo for Piano, Op. 117 No.1 composed by Johannes Brahms.
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