San Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium was full of excitement as fourth and fifth graders arrived at the Stockton Symphony’s “Steppin’ Out” concert on Friday, March 2nd.
As the children sat to enjoy the concert, little did they know that they were about to experience a world premiere of Conflict and Resolution—a music project created by Israeli composer and award winner, Avner Dorman. Conflict and Resolution is based on the children`s book “Uzu and Muzo” by Ephraim Sidon.
“This [Stepping’ Out Concert] is an opportunity for students to see live music,” said Stockton Symphony Director of Marketing, Jan Stanley. “Kids are exposed to so much electronic music in the radio and movies but they don’t hear live music and they are not exposed to instruments of an orchestra.”
The Steppin’ Out Concert is a project beyond a single concert; teachers support music education as they engage children in conversation and basic understanding about music in their classrooms by teaching kids music concepts and appreciation skills, explained Stanley.
In the 30 minute performance Dorman brought life to the story of two brothers, Uzu and Muzu, with symphonic music. In addition to exposing children to orchestra music, the book teaches kids a message about tolerance and conflict resolution. The Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet by the legendary Russian composer, Tchaikovsky, was also performed.
Dorman is in a residency agreement with the Stockton Symphony to encourage children to read and write about conflict and resolution through a series of educational activities.
26 schools around San Joaquin County and approximately 2,350 students attended two Steppin’ Out performances. The community may enjoy Dorman’s creation on Thursday March 8th and Saturday March 10th. Tickets are available at (209) 951-0196.
Other art organizations also harmonized with the Stockton Symphony as they are exhibiting their own interpretations of Conflict and Resolution. The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery’s (MHC&G) March exhibit highlights its gallery members’ interpretation of Conflict and Resolution. Dorman will have a special reception at MHC&G on Monday, March 5 and an Artist Reception will be on Friday, March 9th; both events are scheduled at 5:30 p.m.