Ferguson Middle School Students Visit the College for St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Performance

Published on 17 November 2017

A group of orchestra students from Ferguson Middle School were entertained by the sounds of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) during a special visit to the College on Oct. 31. The 7th and 8th graders enjoyed the opportunity to watch live, solo performances from an ensemble of SLSO string musicians who graced the stage of the Academic and Research building auditorium. The SLSO performances were presented as part of the College’s 2017-18 Liberal Arts Convocations series, which brings a variety of speakers, authors, musicians, dancers and other performers to campus each year with the goal of illuminating the complex human dimensions of health care.

This year’s Convocations series, themed “Bodies and Boundaries,” challenges attendees to contemplate self-determination as a key to health. The Oct. 31 event united SLSO musicians with sports performance arts medicine specialists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who encouraged attendees to view the musical performances through the lens of physicality. During the program, physiatrist Jeremy Stanek, M.D., and orthopedic surgeon Aaron Chamberlain, M.D., discussed the physical requirements and challenges of musical performance, noting what is physically required to play each instrument, where potential physical challenges might hide, and what musicians can do to avoid injury while playing.

SLSO musicians performing solos during the program were violinist Melody Lee, violist Chris Tantillo, cellist Bjorn Ranheim, and bassist David DeRiso.

While at the College, the students had the chance to meet and have lunch with College representatives and tour the Recreation and Student Center.

“We were thrilled to host this wonderful group of young people, and we hope they were inspired by the outstanding musical performances they were able to witness today,” said Brian Walter, Ph.D., associate professor of English at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and director of the Liberal Arts Convocation Series. “We thank the SLSO for once again bringing their talented musicians to our campus. For all those that attended, it was truly an event to remember.”

The program was presented by SLSO as part of its Symphony in Your College program, which brings chamber concerts, that are free and open to the public, to partner colleges and university performance venues.

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