Fourth graders take a visit to Carnegie Hall and get to play in that famous theater


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Four graders performed in the auditorium of Carnegie Hall.

CARNEGIE HALL — The fourth grade practiced songs all year preparing for this field trip. They went to Carnegie Hall to perform from their seats on May 23.

The fourth graders played their recorders and used their voices to perform songs including “Away I Fly,” “Nocturne” and “Toreador.” The theater was very big and had lots of seats.  Thomas Cabaniss, composer of “Away I Fly” and “Come to Play,” hosted the show, themed on how the orchestra moves.

“Toreador” is about a bull fighting a human. The fourth graders danced to “Away I Fly,” a song about a person who dreams about being a bird and a kid who doesn’t want to get up from bed.

There was also a song where preformers on stage danced the can-can. A screen showed everyone the notes and words of the songs. Everyone’s favorite seemed to be “Cidade Maravilhosa.” They got up and cheered, danced and jumped.

The fourth graders had to arrive early at school—the bus left at 8:15 am. After Carnegie Hall, the students ate lunch in Central Park. They also spent about an hour and a half there afterwards.

The classes arrived back at Colonial School at 2:30 pm. The third graders have this to look forward to next year.