ETM Teaching Artist Jennifer S. Greene organized a trip to the historic Apollo Theater for her students at East Harlem's P.S. 102. She reports:
On Monday, December 4th, the fourth and fifth grades of P.S. 102 went on a morning field trip to the landmark Apollo Theater in Harlem. The students attended "Mozart's Women," a program performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's and three soprano soloists with a narrator. The program included musical selections from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni," and "The Magic Flute."
In preparation for the performance, students read a biography of Mozart, learned about operatic voices, and listened to various musical selections, including the Queen of the Night Vengeance aria.
When asked to describe what they were hearing and to envision what might be happening in the plot without any prior knowledge, students volunteered answers such as "she sounds like a flute," "she sounds angry and scary," and "she sounds like she is yelling at someone."
As they were leaving, several students commented that they wished the performance were longer; others could be heard humming Mozart tunes!