cool concerts for kids

Cool Concerts for Kids

Symphony Under Construction


A passionate educator, Fleischer has co-authored several instructional pieces for children in collaboration with his wife, comedian Heidi Joyce, which were premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra, including three rap pieces for orchestra. Currently their children’s programs, “Cool Concerts for Kids” have been performed with great success with symphony orchestras around the country. One of these is called "Symphony Under Construction," in which the young audience builds its own melody during the program, and then hears it harmonized and performed by the orchestra.


Additional pictures and information about these innovative youth programs will appear on the Web site in the near future.

It's not often that soloists of the caliber of pianist Garrick Ohlsson are eclipsed by purely orchestral performances on the same program. But last night...the National Symphony Orchestra's readings of Richard Strauss's "Death and Transfiguration" and Haydn's "Trauersymphonie" under the skillful direction of Randall Craig Fleischer did exactly that...prepare to be astounded afresh.

-- Mark Carrington, The Washington Post



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