Classical concert inspires Maryland fourth-graders

04/18/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Some 2,500 fourth-graders packed a National Symphony Orchestra concert hall as part of a Maryland program to introduce classical music to children who have had less exposure to the arts than have preceding generations of students. "I have yet to meet a teacher who thinks excluding the arts is a good idea," said Emil de Cou, the National Symphony Orchestra's associate conductor. "If you just memorize facts and figures and numbers, you're not contributing to society."

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