March 17, 2009
Students get classical concerts, then a lesson on the science of music
More than 3,000 San Jose elementary school students are getting a taste of both art and science downtown this week.
The art's being provided by Symphony Silicon Valley, which treated the kids — fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders — to a concert at the California Theatre on Tuesday. Another group goes today.
Afterward, the students headed to the nearby Tech Museum of Innovation for a free, customized tour to check out the science behind music. They got a chance to make their own music, as well as participating in a demonstration on rhythm and
The Symphony has been providing these concerts since 2004, but — concerned that transportation costs could keep some students from attending — decided to raise funds this year to bus some of the kids to the concert.
Several San Jose City Council members donated to the cause, and some of that money was matched by the Tech Museum. It turned out to be a good plan, as the program's buses brought more than a third of the students to the concerts this week.