Student Matinee Series

The Newman Center’s popular student matinee series features four performances during the 2022-23 season including upcoming performances with Manual Cinema’s Leonardo! January 18 at 10:15am and Mingus Big Band April 7 at 10:15am. Earlier in the 2022-23 season, students learned about mambo music with Cuba’s Orquesta Akokán in October at East High School, in addition to the holiday celebrations of Mexico with Latinx dance ensemble ArtistiCO in December.

The student matinee series includes an in-class curriculum that integrates music, dance, social-emotional learning and core subjects through the lens of the artists featured on stage. Students have the chance to learn about the artists before they see the show, or investigate a variety of cultures and performers in the classroom. The growing bank of digital curricula for K-12 students includes standard-based lesson plans, learning projects, visual content, worksheets, projects and assessment – everything teachers need for easy implementation. Best of all, it is available free for anyone to use.

“For many of my students, this was the very first concert they had ever attended, and they LOVED it!”

Christine Kamiskie music teacher, Knapp Elementary

Upcoming Student Matinees

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Mingus Big Band

April 7, 10:15am

Celebrating the music of composer/bassist Charles Mingus, featuring a 14-piece band.


Thank you to our community partner Genesee Foundation which proudly helps to fund our student matinees. 
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