Sunday, April 7, 2002

Up Close and Personal

PeachStar and Georgia Public Radio (GPR) recently joined together to enhance the educational experience of 25 fifth grade students from Glennwood Elementary School (City Schools of Decatur). On February 7, 2002, PeachStar invited this group of students to be the first-ever live audience during the broadcast of Soundscapes, on Georgia Public Radio. Soundscapes is GPR's daily classical music program, which features pieces from the most famous to the most obscure composers in music history. In addition, the program features live recordings of local artists here in the studio at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Chosen to participate in this special occasion was Mrs. Tanner's fifth grade class, who quietly filed into the GPB building that morning along with their teacher plus Glennwood principal, Jan Goodloe. After taking a tour of the GPB broadcast facility, the group made its way into the radio production studio where guitarist and cellist Jonathan and Jennifer Adams were preparing themselves for the broadcast! For one full hour, these lucky fifth graders listened as the Adams Duo performed key pieces of music from the Baroque period, asked questions of both artists, and shared information about their own music pursuits with our statewide radio audience.

PeachStar would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Ida Love, Superintendent of City Schools of Decatur; Chuck Miller, Director of Georgia Public Radio; Mrs. Tanner's class; Emilie Bush, who assisted the children in the studio; and Georgia Public Radio's Terrance McKnight who graciously hosted and produced the studio broadcast.