Playing the next generation of classical music lovers

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By Alejandra Pulido-Guzman – LETHBRIDGE HERALD on October 26, 2021.

Herald photo by Alejandra Pulido-Guzman Norbert Boehm, alongside other members of the Musaeus String Quartet, Lise Boutin, Gabe Kasteic and Mark Rodgers, speaks to the audience about the differences between their instruments and answers children’s questions during a concert this weekend at the Galt Museum.

The Galt Museum and Archives hosted the Musaeus String Quartet with the main strings of the Lethbridge Symphony for an afternoon of children’s music on Sunday, an opportunity to introduce children to classical music.
As they planned their season for this year, the Lethbridge Symphony was looking for a way to bring music back, as well as reach out to the next generation of music lovers, especially children and families. And that’s when a partnership with the Galt Museum and Archives was developed to do this.
“This is our first collaboration with the Galt, but we have another scheduled for March, so we really hope to see another strong turnout on this one as well,” said Daphne Hendsbee, Lethbridge Symphony Operations Coordinator. .
There were around 10 to 15 families present on Sunday afternoon, with some mothers dancing to music with their young children.
The Musaeus String Quartet had two members playing the violin, Norbert Boehm and Lise Boutin, while Gabe Kastelic played the viola and Mark Rodgers played the cello.
Norbert Boehm took the opportunity to explain to the audience the differences between their instruments, from the size to the way they are played, as well as to answer questions from the children of the audience.
Members of the Musaeus String Quartet are also teachers. Most have studios and give private lessons. They have a real passion for transmitting the gift of music to young students.
“For them to play together to create this set, there is a whole new level of excitement that children can feel, not just during an individual lesson. Hearing music in an ensemble like this, I think it takes music to a whole new level, ”said Glenn Klassen, Music Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Klassen added that as musical director of the symphony he places a great deal of importance on collaborations, whether it’s collaborating with a local choir, or a dance community or in this case with the Galt.
“I think if the arts community can come together, collaborate and help each other, and do things that would be a lot harder to do on our own, I think it’s a victory for the community all around,” he said. Klassen said.
This event was special for the symphony as they celebrated their 60th anniversary a year later as they couldn’t celebrate last season due to the pandemic.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time for us to celebrate 60 years of music in this community,” added Klassen.
They had their first concert of the season on October 18th and they were very excited to perform in front of a live audience again.
The next concert will take place on November 22, titled Hungarian Rhapsody, and is sponsored by the Hungarian Society of Southern Alberta.
According to the Galt Museum and Archives hosting the event on their site, they were truly thrilled to be able to welcome them to a celebration as important as their 60th birthday.
“We thought this was a particularly good time to host an event like this, and we’re very happy to have hosted their 60th anniversary,” said Graham Ruttan, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Galt Museum and Archives.
Ruttan added that they enjoy doing these kinds of programs to expose their visitors to other organizations, as well as the Lethbridge music community.
The Galt collections house thousands of artefacts and many of them are linked to our musical history in Lethbridge. There’s an exhibit they put on last year just as the pandemic hit called Swing which focused on the development and big swing music scene in Lethbridge in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
“There is a lot to discover, there is a lot more to know about the history and we hope that people will continue to be involved in these kinds of organizations which really enrich the cultural and artistic life of the people of Lethbridge and South of. Alberta, ”said Ruttan.

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