4,400 students attend Music Memories concert
About 4,400 elementary and middle-school students from all around Yavapai County descended on Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley for the 38th annual Music Memories concert sponsored by the Prescott Symphony Guild Tuesday morning.
The Prescott Pops Symphony Orchestra performed a variety of pieces by Bach, Grieg, Strauss, Holst and Copland - along with a more contemporary number, from "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" - under the direction of conductor Paul Manz.
"The orchestra has been performing for the (Music Memories) concert for almost 10 years," Manz said. "We get satisfaction of performing high-quality music for our youths.
"Ten members of the orchestra, including myself, grew up going to the Music Memories concerts back in the late '60s," he added.
Eighth-grader Jonah Howard, a member of the Prescott Mile High Middle School orchestra, said he liked seeing "how an orchestra performs compared to our concert band at school." Jason Howard, also of the PMHMS band, liked "watching the standup bass play during the variety of music."
Fourth-grader Madison Totman of Humboldt Elementary School said she "really likes the Beethoven music and watching all the artwork go by on the large screen." Breanna Reed, also of Humboldt Elementary School, said she "likes the pictures as well as the dancers and the movie theme songs that the orchestra plays."
Prescott Symphony Guild President Carol said she appreciates all the volunteers who help out throughout the school year, as well as the Prescott Pops Symphony Orchestra for donating their time and talent. The guild has in the last five years been able to provide $40,000 in scholarships to budding music students.