By Eric Dundon
Photos by Theo Welling
Audiences packed Powell Hall on Friday, October 7, 2022, for the third Extra Credit On Stage concert, a biannual concert that honors the often overlooked contributions of music educators. Teachers from Missouri, Illinois, and six other states (from as far away as Florida and Louisiana) joined SLSO musicians for this free community concert.
Led by conductor Norman Huynh, music educators performed music by Gustav Holst, Antonín Dvořák, and Modest Mussorgsky (with an encore by Leonard Bernstein), trading their batons for their instruments.
Extra Credit began in 2017 as a way for the SLSO to thank music educators, the cornerstone of the SLSO's 100+-year education programs. Teachers, in turn, brought their families and students to Powell Hall to experience a live orchestra performances, many for the first time.