If you’re down by the Pantages today, tomorrow and Thursday, you’ll probably notice all the buses transporting thousands of schoolkids. They’re downtown listening to the Tacoma Symphony’s annual Simply Symphonic concerts.
So there’s nothing particularly new about orchestras giving schools concerts, but the TSO’s program is admirable in both academic reach and sheer size. Around 4,500 fifth-graders from 82 schools and 13 districts in the South Sound–up 12 per cent from last season–will hear the orchestra play Offenbach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach and more this week. It’s a program that recently won the TSO The 2009 Impact Award from The…