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Music Professor Timothy Perry will direct the University Symphony Orchestra at its "We Like to Move It" children's concert.
University Symphony Orchestra to explore music and motion
October 16, 2014Tweet
For Professor Timothy Perry, there is a link between music and what people deal with in their everyday lives.
“It’s an abstract language ─ like chemistry, math or a foreign language ─ in which we learn to deal with symbolic information that tells us something about the world we live in,” the conductor and clarinetist said of music.
One example is how the motions of music connect to the motions around us. Perry and the University Symphony Orchestra will examine the ways music captures how people move through the world during the “We Like to Move It” children’s concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Osterhout Concert Theater. Tickets are $5. (A concert for school groups will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17.)
The concert will feature compositions by Leopold Mozart, Morton Gould, Arthur Honegger, Claude Debussy, John Adams and John Williams. Perry, who has directed the orchestra since starting at Binghamton University in 1986, will introduce the selections and discuss how they relate to motion.
“We have music about walking, riding horses and taking a sleigh ride,” Perry said. “There is a boat piece, a train piece and a car piece. There even is (music from) the last scene of “E.T.” in which bicycles and spaceships figure prominently.”
Along with the information about the selections, Perry will discuss the importance of tempo, rhythm and note values. For example, the last three selections of the concert highlight wheels in motion by using similar rhythms. These rhythms then give the listener the idea of a circular motion.
The show will begin, Perry said, with an introduction of the instruments in the orchestra. Demonstration pieces will also display the roles of the instruments and their families, Perry said.
“I want the children to come away with an understanding and appreciation of what the orchestra is, what its components are and what they contribute to the entire enterprise,” he said. “It is a wonderful, collaborative activity that they can – and should, I hope – take part in. There is nothing better than playing music with other people.”
“We Like to Move It” marks the 18th time that a children’s concert has taken place since 1986, Perry said. This year’s orchestra includes 78 members from nearly two dozen majors.
“We’re not a conservatory. We’re not even a music school,” Perry said. “We are a place where students of high ability and high interest can come, keep playing and continue to dig in as they mature as individuals.”
The orchestra members are role models for the children, Perry said, even if they don’t realize it during the rehearsals that lead up to the concert.
“It’s a miraculous transformation that takes place 10 minutes before the concert when they walk out on stage and see the kids,” he said. “They realize what is at stake and what we are trying to accomplish. Something absolutely magical happens.”
Perry said he hopes that young and old alike at the concert feel the magic of music and motion.
“I want it to be a satisfying, enriching experience for those who come, regardless of their age,” he said.