GetClassical In School inspiration and partnering initial school visits with the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture

Beyond sharing musician’s great talent through its writing, GetClassical is always engaged in gaining new appreciation for classical music. Our classical concerts in alternative scenes, aim to tie classical music with the comfort zone of the city’s leisure venues.

Inspired by the German initiative Rhapsody in School, GetClassical broadens its scope and initiates a similar platform in the New York Metropolitan Area, bringing motivated professional performers into schools. Our charismatic musicians feel compelled to convey the positive message of classical music and spark youngsters’ passion with personal encounters in the classroom.

GetClassical builds a liaison between artists who will share their talent, expertise and enthusiasm through informal encounters and participating schools that want to spark their students’ interest and broaden their horizon.

Building on the momentum of that initial overture in school, the students are invited to attend a formal concert performance of their artist; geared to heighten the experience and leave a lasting impression, despite the lack of music education in schools and appreciation for classical culture.

‎”The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Ilona Oltuski’s initiative GetClassical In School, as we share that mission of bringing Classical music and Classical Culture to youth, especially to those who, through no fault of their own, do not have the means to access this beautiful treasuretrove that belongs to all mankind. We look forward to the opportunity of working with Ilona to bringing more Classical musicians to schools through classroom and concert presentations, so that many more young people can share in the joy of Classical music!”.

                     

As a composer and manager at Naxos of America, I applaud Ilona Oltuski and her efforts to bring classical music to the genre’s future audience. Music education is central to what we do each and every day, and many arts organizations pay only a glancing acknowledgement of its importance. New York may boast a lot of wonderful things, but age-appropriate learning modules for the enjoyment of classical music – how it works, who are its practitioners – are largely missing from all but the largest cultural institutions. And those who might benefit the most from it are those in the greatest need, especially as New York becomes less affordable for so many. To paraphrase Stravinsky, children shouldn’t be taught to respect music; they should be taught to love it.

Sean Hickey

Composer, Senior Vice-President, Naxos of America, Inc.