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By LAURA STEWART
Fine Arts Writer
DAYTONA BEACH -- Anyone who went to We ..."
Daytona Beach, FL
Among the largest components of the Daytona Beach International Festival are the Education and Outreach Programs. Through these, the Festival is able to bring music and music education to county-wide locations at no charge to the public. Audience members of all different ages, backgrounds and interests are able to participate in a wide variety of programs. A description of each is listed below.
AT&T YOUTH INSTITUTE-- The Festival Institute, sponsored by AT&T, is a lasting tradition and plays a major role during the Festival. A select group of 23 high school students from Florida come to the Daytona Beach area for a week of learning, instruction and performance. Participants are mentored by career musicians from the LSO, the LSO's Animateur, and professors from Stetson University's School of Music.
INFORMANCE SERIES-- Coupling music with education, Festival Informances are free, interactive concerts. These shorter informal programs are presented in venues across Volusia and surrounding counties, and are made possible through generous grants, sponsors and partnerships. Refer to future listings in the Daytona Beach News-Journal for a complete schedule.
LSO FAMILY CONCERT-- The LSO Family Concert brings the experience of hearing a live orchestra to children of all ages, some of whom are listening to a symphony for the very first time. The LSO Family Concert is open to all families. The London Symphony, joined by the AT&T Youth Ensemble, presents a morning of music programmed with children in mind, as it brings familiar music to life.
PRE-CONCERT TALKS-- For several years, the Festival has offered its audiences the opportunity to view the artists in a different light through its Pre-Concert Talk Series. Prior to each LSO Classical Concert, patrons may enjoy impromptu lectures given by LSO members, visiting composers, local music scholars and others who may be involved in the Festival music scene. The Pre-Concert Talks provide a deeper appreciation for upcoming programs as patrons listen and learn about the music, the musician or the human condition. The Pre-Concert Talks are also offered by artists from other Festival series as well.
SCHOOL MATINEES-- Volusia County schools receive special free concerts from the Festival's world-class lineup at various times throughout the year. These concerts allow students in grades K-12 the opportunity to experience unfamiliar music genres.
STUDENT ART PORTFOLIO CONTEST-- The Student Art Portfolio Competition is a fundamental part of the Daytona Beach International Festival. Offered to all students from Volusia County Schools, K-12, this is a wonderful juxtaposition of the performing arts and the visual arts.
WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES-- Visiting artists and Festival-goers enjoy a unique opportunity to interact through a variety of Workshops and Master Classes. Artists provide these to the public, often collaborating with other organizations in the area, such as the Atlantic Center for the Arts, to provide advanced training in music or dance technique to amateur artists. Participants and observers meet with the artists in small class settings to ask about performing and to learn from a master in a particular field.