Concordia Plays The Classics In The Classroom

Hundreds of area school children are introduced to classical music each year by cellist, Michelle Djokic, founder and music director of the Concordia Chamber Players of New Hope through “infomances” that are held in schools. Informances are introductions to music itself and are ways to help children understand the process, the artist and the performer on a personal level. By meeting with children, demonstrating the cello and giving them a taste of the joy and fun she has in playing and listening to classical music Djokic is making a strong commitment to the future of classical music by building on young audiences.

“When children have an opportunity to hear classical music in a live and personal format,” claims Djokic, “that experience makes listening to music more enriching. That’s why Concordia goes to the schools.”

During this past week Michelle Djokic brought her cello, her music and her enthusiasm to the Buckingham Elementary School and to the Newtown Friends School introducing dozens of children to the magic of classical music.

Children who attended the informances were given vouchers for free tickets for themselves and an adult to the next Concordia concert on October 21st in the Stephen Buck Theater at the New Hope-Solebury School on West Bridge Street in New Hope at 3 PM. Michelle Djokic will perform in concert with Robert Rinehart, violist for the New York Philharmonic, Carmit Zori, violinist who appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Calvin Wiersma, violinst of the Manhattan String Quartet, Marc Goldberg, associate principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic and Timolthy Cobb, associate principal bassist wiith the Metropolitan Opera Company. They will perform works by Francaix, von Dohanyi and Dvorak.

Tickets for each performance are $20. A subscription for all three concerts may be obtained for $45 by calling 215-297-5972 or may be purchased at the door.


ROY ZIEGLER—215-862-0883

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