Listen Up!

Listen Up! Artwork from Missy Mazzoli’s Orbiting Spheres

The Listen Up! Program is an immersive musical and artistic experience for middle school-aged children. Students are invited to a special performance and workshop by the PSO, where they learn from the composer or conductor about the music and the creative process. They are then invited to respond to the concert through different creative mediums; poetry, writing, painting, collage, and more. These experiences are designed to help children access their creative impulses and foster their imaginations through artistic expression. 

This year’s Listen Up! Concert features the world premiere of William Harvey’s Seven Decisions of Gandhi, composed in 2020. The piece chronicles the major moments of Mahatma Gandhi’s life through music. Each of the seven movements transports the listener into a momentous event in Gandhi’s life, using both the western orchestra and traditional Indian instruments like the tabla, sitar, and sarangi. Students will have the chance to meet William Harvey and hear about his musical inspirations before delving into their own creations as participants in the Listen Up! Program.

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