The Kingston Symphony brings local students – and Harmon – back to space

Students from Kingston area schools look on as the Kingston Symphony performs with their furry friend, Harmon, as part of the Harmon in Space series of concerts at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts the week of Thursday, Mar. 21, 2023. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

As part of the Kingston Symphony’s dedication to community outreach, over 2,000 students from the Kingston area got to experience the wonderful performance of Harmon Returns, part of the Harmon in Space series, put on at the Isabel Bader Centre.

The performance – which took place on the afternoon of Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, and was one of two concerts dedicated to local grade 4 students and culminates with a public concert this coming Saturday – gave the students in the audience an opportunity to learn more about instruments as well as hear them in action.

The show took us through many classically composed pieces and showcased specific instruments in each piece. The students learned about the reasons instruments make certain sounds, and how they are different from one another. The show is educational but also keeps young audiences entertained with fun, interactive moments. Some students may have heard some of the pieces for the first time, while other pieces were more recognizable to them.

The symphony performance was conducted by Maestro Evan Mitchell. Mitchell has been with the Kingston Symphony for over a decade, having participated in many shows in his time here in Kingston. He believes the Harmon series of shows are a great opportunity for students to be able to hear orchestral music, especially if it is the first time they may be seeing it live.

“The more I studied and learned about music, the more I came to love it,” said Mitchell.

“It engages the mind in a particular way that is really important for developing as a person, developing one’s imagination, and developing how we can relate to other people. It’s absolutely a part of being part of a well-rounded human being.”

A round of applause from the grade 4 audience as Maestro Evan Mitchell takes a bow at the Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, performance of Harmon Returns, part of the Harmon in Space series established by the Kingston Symphony. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

The Symphony will hold a public, family performance of the Harmon Returns show on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Centre.

The symphony has a program called the Classily Hip, allowing those 35 years old or younger access to Kingston Symphony tickets at a reduced rate, as well as a deal, offering two tickets for $10 each plus applicable fees. All information can be found on the Kingston Symphony website. According to those with the Kingston Symphony organization, this program helps make it possible for younger people to attend more concerts with the local Symphony.


Rylie Snider is the inaugural member of the Kingstonist NextGen team, dedicated to fostering the passion and knowledge of local youth writers and reporters while highlighting the vibrant sports, arts, and social scenes of the younger generations in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
A Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School student, Snider is dedicated to keeping people updated on everything going on in our schools, and her coverage focuses on everything, from local sports and theatre, to fundraising events and opportunities for students in the area.
For more information on the Kingstonist NextGen team, email Editor-in-Chief Tori Stafford at [email protected].

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