Symphony dazzles fourth-graders with weather-themed performance

November 19, 2015


Robert Franz, associate conductor for the Houston Symphony, leads the orchestra in a performance for fourth-grade students at the Berry Center on Nov. 17. 

Nov. 19, 2015—The Houston Symphony brought its show on the road to the Berry Center on Nov. 17, performing for more than 4,000 fourth-grade students from the arena stage.

The Symphony partnered with the National Weather Service to offer a show that blended the arts with science.


From left, Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz, Lowery Elementary School music teacher Glen Renfro and Houston Symphony violist Daniel Strba greet one another following the Symphony’s performance for fourth-grade students on Nov. 17.

Each piece was a representation of weather, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorologist Dave Schwertz shared the stage with the Symphony to describe the different cloud types to students.

Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz led the orchestra in a masterful performance that students and staff alike could appreciate.


Houston Symphony cellists perform music representative of weather in an educational performance that blended the arts with science.

“We were thrilled to host the world-class Houston Symphony in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD this week,” said Mary Running, director of fine arts. “We are looking forward to a long relationship with the Symphony and hope that they can provide more performances for our community.”


Meteorologist Dave Schwertz of the National Weather Service explains cirrus clouds to the fourth-grade students in attendance at the Houston Symphony’s performance on Nov. 17.


Houston Symphony musicians use the French horn to perform weather-related music for guests at the Berry Center performance on Nov. 17.


Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability; and Bob Covey, CFISD Board member, thank Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz for bringing an educational performance to the Berry Center. 

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