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“The Unlikely Trio” visits Siler City Elementary

By Pamela Rigsbee
Posted Friday, March 25, 2005

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Siler City Elementary students in grades K-3 enjoyed a performance by three members of the National Symphony on Tuesday, March 15. The presentation by “The Unlikely Trio” consisted of an ensemble of a flute, oboe and harp. The performance began with an introduction of each instrument by each performer and then a few “mystery melodies” were played for the students to try and name.

Carol Bean, who plays piccolo and flute, described the various qualities of the instruments she plays. She referred to the instruments as a “little brother and sister” showing the students the differences in not only the size but also the pitch each can make. William Wielgus, oboist, demonstrated the different sounds of an oboe, explained what the instrument is made of and played several tunes including a melody entitled "Two Snakes." Students particularly enjoyed hearing Dotian Levalier play several songs on the harp and learned about the assorted parts of the instrument including the strings and pedals. Levalier, a member of the orchestra for about 35 years, demonstrated the wide variety of sounds a harp can make – such as a bell, guitar and drum - that the other instruments can’t.

At the end of the performance, the trio accompanied the students as they enjoyed singing songs and then played a game called “Who’s got the Melody?” Third grader Kristen Routhier was chosen from the audience to try and figure out which instrument was playing the melody and with help from the audience, chose the correct instrument and was rewarded with a unique T-shirt usually only presented to members of the orchestra.

"We are so fortunate to host a performance by ‘The Unlikely Trio’ during their two week North Carolina Residency. It is always a rare opportunity for students to experience orchestral instruments in our area and especially to hear a live performance with a harp. The musicians were not only skilled on their instruments but developed an excellent rapport with the students. The students were active participants in the concert. Students at Siler City Elementary were privileged to have a concert by members of our National Symphony Orchestra," said Siler City Elementary music teacher, Sharon Allen.

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