Kevin Zhu, the first Artist in Residence, spent a week visiting area high schools, working with Academy students, interacting with Classical Conversations participants and performing breathtaking renditions of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Orchestra.
YOUTH ORCHESTRAS CLINICS & INFORMANCE
Kevin Zhu worked with students at the Des Moines Symphony Academy, including the Youth Symphony, Youth Sinfonia and Youth Philharmonic. He even performed a piece for violin and string orchestra during an informance with our student musicians’ families in attendance.
In addition to working with Academy students, this brand-new program took Zhu into several area schools, including Roosevelt High School, East High School, Hoover High School, Lincoln High School, Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School.
Kevin joined Dr. Eric McIntyre for Classical Conversations, a virtual music appreciation event that provides insights into the music being performed by the Des Moines Symphony at that weekend’s Masterworks concerts.
VIOLIN MASTER CLASS
The week's educational activities concluded with Kevin Zhu leading a master class featuring student violin soloists from our Academy and college students studying at Drake University.
The Visiting Artist in Residence program was made possible by a generous gift from Fred & Charlotte Hubbell.