On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, the Lively Arts and Indiana County welcomed Cedric Watson and James Rodgers for two separate open workshops.
The day began at 1:00 p.m. as Cedric Watson and fellow band member Desiree Champagne sat down with nearly 85 fourth graders in Cogswell Hall. As sounds soared from the accordion and washboard, the students and teachers were able to experience live and authentic Louisiana Creole and apply it to curriculum lessons focused on New Orleans culture and Mardi Gras.
The students attending were from Horace Mann and Eisenhower elementary schools in Indiana. Also invited to attend were members of the IUP student body. The workshop was coordinated as part of ArtsPath, the Lively Arts arts-in-education outreach program, in conjunction with the Indiana Arts council. It preceded Waton's evening performance of Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole.
At 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s contra-bassoonist, James Rodgers, met with over 20 IUP and local high school students in the Rehearsal Studio of the IUP Performing Arts Center.
The full Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present, as part of the Ovations! series, on February 22, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.