Newtown Chamber Orchestra

At T. Foster & Co. we love to give back to our community. Whether that is volunteering our time, buying from local shops, or donating to local organizations. One of our favorites is the Newtown Chamber Orchestra. In case you aren't familiar with the NCO, I'll give you a little background. The Newtown Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1990 by Russell Hoffman, (music director/conductor), Milton Schwartz (concert master), and Craig Smith (principal French horn player). Their first show was on September 23, 1990 and they've continued performing in the Bucks county community for nearly 28 years. 

 Left to right: Russell Hoffman, Milton Schwartz, and Craig Smith.

Left to right: Russell Hoffman, Milton Schwartz, and Craig Smith.

Suzanne and her family are big music lovers and good friends with Russell and Milton. They have been attending NCO concerts practically since its inception. They have also passed on their love of music to their now 13 year old son, William. William plays the clarinet for the school band, plays the piano, and is even taking vocal lessons to take on a part in his school musical. Suzanne believes that her son has developed his love for music through all of the concerts he has attended.

Suzanne personally supports the Newtown Chamber Orchestra because of the opportunities it gives to children and their families to listen to classical music up close. These concerts allow viewers to see performers following the melody, see the harmony of the violin bows moving in unison, and be close enough to see and hear each individual instrument. These experiences are not usually possible in larger arenas. And, when the concert is over, you can talk to the musicians! Where else can you do that? These programs allow children to develop a love and understanding of classical music. They may even develop a passion to be on stage and perform. 

This year the NCO almost had to forfeit one of their annual youth programs - the Kids Connect to the Classics Concert.

Kids Connect to the Classics Concert is an annual Free Family Concert. Newtown Chamber Orchestra presents a concert for elementary aged children and their families, which includes: discussion and music performance suited to the level of the listeners; interactive audience participation; and a hands-on opportunity to touch and explore instruments of the orchestra. The intent of the concert is to enhance the educational experience of elementary school children by stimulating and nurturing the enjoyment of classical music in an appropriate orchestral setting.

This is a free annual concert for elementary aged children and their families, which includes: discussion and music performance suited to the level of the listeners; interactive audience participation; and a hands-on opportunity to touch and explore instruments of the orchestra. The intent of the concert is to enhance the educational experience of elementary school children by stimulating and nurturing the enjoyment of classical music in an appropriate orchestral setting. Suzanne knows how important this experience is, so she took action right away and made a donation to cover the cost. She wants to ensure that a whole new generation of kids grow up to love and appreciate classical music.

For more information about the Newtown Chamber Orchestra or to make a donation, click here.

 
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Left to right: William Foster, Tim Foster, Suzanne Foster, Russell Hoffman, and Bliss Michelson

 
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