South Bend Symphony connecting science and music

Published: Nov. 17, 2016 at 7:36 PM EST
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More than 5,000 local elementary school students are learning how much the symphony, and science, have in common.

Thursday and Friday, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is putting on a concert at the Morris, titled 'Sound Waves.'

It fuses science concepts like force, engineering, and the properties of matter, with familiar songs like 'Darth Vader's Imperial March.'

'Symphony Director of Education' Christina Gibson came up with the idea after realizing how much science factored into music lessons.

"I want them to be able to not only enjoy music, but think, wow, what did i learn in that concert. Oh, I hear a science term like kinetic energy or potential energy, oh, they talked about that at the concert," said Christina Gibson, the South bend Symphony Director of Education.

It's part of a concert series called 'Common Core Classics'. Previous shows focused on language and math.