Lots of ‘C’ sharps in school day: Cellist, children and classical music

Full Page coverage on page B3 of the Trenton Times, Saturday, October 13, 2001


Michelle Djokic believes that through programs at area schools she is helping create an appreciation of classical music.


“Informances,” such as this one last Tuesday at the McGalliard Elementary School in Hamilton, introduce classical music to children.


Michelle Djokic brought her cello, her music and her enthusiasm to the McGalliard Elementary School in Hamilton.


Accomplished cellist Michelle Djokic fields a question from a pupil in the third-grade music class at McGalliard Elementary School in Hamilton.

Michelle Djokic is founder and music director of the Concordia Chamber Players of New Hope, Pa.


Hundreds of children are introduced to classical music each year by cellist Michelle Djokic through “informances” that take place in area schools.

Djokic, founder and music director of the Concordia Chamber Players of New Hope, Pa. demonstrates how to play the cello and provides a sampling of classical music.

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

Children who attend the informances are given vouchers for free tickets for themselves and an adult to the next Concordia concert.

The Concordia Chamber Players will perform 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Stephen Buck Theater at New Hope-Solebury High School on West Bridge Street in New Hope.

Djokic will perform a concert of works by Francaix, von Dohnanyi and Dvorak 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, violinist of the Manhattan String Quartet; Marc Goldberg, associate principal bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic; and Timothy Cobb, associate principal bassist with the Metropolitan Opera Co.

Tickets are $20. A subscription for three concerts may be obtained for $45.

For more information, call (215) 297-5972.

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