Mansfield Symphony to perform for free

Staff report

Students throughout the area are gearing up to attend the Mansfield Symphony’s free education performances on Oct. 8 and 9 as part of the Symphony’s Operation Bridge Building program.

The program serves students in grades K-5 across a five-county region through in-school chamber performances and live symphony concerts at the Renaissance Theatre. All symphony performances correspond to state and national academic standards to reinforce the ideas that students learn in class. Concerts are themed by age group: ABC Orchestra (kindergarten-second grade concerts) and ‘Round the World (third-fifth grade concerts).

All concerts explore the elements all stories have in common through the use of popular children’s and classical music. Participating schools receive accompanying materials in the weeks prior to the concert to help them prepare students to attend, as well as integrate what they learn at the concert into the classroom through provided lesson plans.

Since 2007, the Operation Bridge Building program has brought music to over 7,000 students across the region, and is a valuable opportunity for students to not only see live music up-close, but also to enjoy an exciting visit to the theatre.

All K-5 schools in the region are invited to attend the Mansfield Symphony’s education performances, and over 35 schools regularly participate in the Operation Bridge Building program.

All performances are free through the generosity of a donor-advised fund of the Richland County Foundation, with additional funding provided by the Gimbel Foundation and as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. To participate in this program, contact the Renaissance Education Department at 419-522-2726, ext.251 or visit

Staff report