Orchestra Tells Story of Acceptance

by Mackenzie Stasko on May 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

Over a thousand fifth graders will be attending the performance written by Dr. Laura Schumann who wrote a one-of-a-kind story about acceptance and diversity using musical instruments.

"As I was thinking about it it was kind of important to not just do music but through music, be able to teach young people about some diversity, some acceptance of diversity and very much an anti-bullying concept because it’s so important for our kids today and we thought that was a great age and what a great way to present it. That was what inspired the whole idea," said Schumann, who is also the director of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra.

The symphony received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. which is funding the concert.

"We want every kid to be able to come see the show regardless of financial concerns. If there’s any homeschooled 5th graders, if moms want to bring some of their kids tomorrow we’ve saved them some seats so they’re welcome to come."

Schumann says she hopes the kids get a great experience from the show. The concert begins at 10:15 a.m. Monday morning at Secrest Auditorium.