On Thursday morning, Shaker Heights High School students had the opportunity to hear The Cleveland Orchestra live.
But instead of watching them play at Severance Hall, the musicians performed Stravinsky's Pétrouchka for students in the high school's auditorium. Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero described the story behind each scene of the piece, a score written for a ballet, before the orchestra performed.
And before the concert, eight Cleveland Orchestra members played alongside students in the Shaker Heights High School Chamber Orchestra, the most advanced orchestra in the school.
"It's important to be here, especially because there are kids who are inspiring to be professional musicians here in Shaker," said Ioana Missits, a Shaker Heights resident who has been playing violin in the orchestra for 12 years. Her children, who attend Shaker schools, play instruments, too.
Cleveland Orchestra members provided tips for students, stopping after a few measures to review what they just played and talk about specific notes and beats.
They talked about how music is a conversation, and the importance of listening to each section, responding, and having a moment to breathe together.
The concert, the first of many, was supported by the newly established Alfred Lerner In-School Performance fund, which "permanently endows Cleveland Orchestra performances in area high schools," according to a media release from the orchestra.
Watch the video and browse the photo gallery above this article to see highlights from the event.