By May 9 our project with the ZKO had begun to take shape: during the 2016-2017 school year, Daniel Hope and the ZKO will work with the project’s 50 second-year students on Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The children will study the piece in class and use it in their violin lessons, and at the end of the year the ZKO will perform it in concert at the Tonhalle Zurich. The students and their parents will attend the concert as guests of the Foundation.
On May 20, Hélène Vareille met with Gerold Lauber, the Zurich city council member in charge of education, to discuss the Foundation’s A violin can change the world project with him. Mr. Lauber was very enthusiastic about the project and promised to give us his full support.
Also on May 20, we had our first contact with ZH Schule, a local school that may be interested in studying the effects of learning the violin. Once again, we were delighted to see the interest our project has sparked at well-established research and educational institutions, whose work will certainly be very useful in developing our program.