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Play On, Philly! Presents Beethoven Alive! at Please Touch Museum

(Philadelphia, June 6, 2013)  To ring in the summer season of Target® First Wednesdays, Please Touch Museum presented Beethoven Alive!, an evening of interactive musical performances culminating in a concert featuring Play On, Philly! (POP) students from St. Francis de Sales School in West Philadelphia, Frerie Charter Middle School in Center City, as well as students from the West Catholic High School music program.   The event took place Wednesday, June 6, 2013

The evening began with 5 interactive teaching performances conducted by POP Teaching Artists through out the Museum.  Children were able to learn the physics of how a string instrument works and make one of their own; they discovered how the deaf composer, Beethoven, communicated without speaking and experienced music through vibrations.

The highlight of the event was a concert by the POP students showcasing Beethoven’s works, including Symphony No 5, First Movement and Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9.  The evening was especially significant because it was the first time all of the students had played together - almost 250 total.  Many of these students had not played an instrument before joining Play On, Philly! this past September, 2012, so it was fitting that the final piece was a rousing rendition of the theme from the movie, “Rocky.”

POP Program Manager, Kathleen Krull, who oversaw the entire event said, “  This concert was a major milestone for all of the POP students and teaching artists.  It was a testament to all of their hard work and dedication.  We are especially thankful to Please Touch Museum for giving us this wonderful opportunity.”

For further information please contact Ilene Meyers Miller at 610-304-7451 or visit www.playonphilly.org.

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