Introducing the NSO Arts & Minds Wind Trio

A Flute, a Clarinet and a Bassoon walk into your school . . .
with Postcards from a Blue Planet, a new work by Canadian Kevin Lau! 

“It was so cool and amazing to see such a talented group of people. Postcards from a blue planet was such a cool concept. Each time you played when I closed my eyes I was transported to new places filled with magic, adventure and creativity. I enjoyed it very much so I would like to say thank you for coming to our school.” - Student from Winger Public School

The Niagara Symphony Orchestra continues its renowned in-school programming with new faces, new instruments and a brand new work written especially for the Trio.  Developed for students in grades 4 to 8, the hour-long performance showcases a variety of wind instruments - a flute, clarinet and bassoon, of course, but also world flutes, saxophone and contrabassoon! - while guiding junior and intermediate students to discover musical forms and genres.  The performance begins with wind instrument demonstrations, features Postcards from a Blue Planet, and concludes with a Q & A.

The NSO Arts & Minds Wind Trio in-school concert supports the music curriculum, and makes valuable cross-curricular connections to other areas of study.  A comprehensive study guide, provides educators with pre-and-post performance information and activities to enhance the experience.  The performance and study guide also offer the rare opportunity to hear a new musical creation, explore the art of composition - and of course, meet members of the NSO! 

The students at Harriet Tubman Public School were entirely focused on the trio's performance of Postcards from a Blue Planet. You could have heard a pin drop in the gymnasium. Not only was it an incredible learning experience for our students but it was also the cultural experience of a lifetime.” - Tom Reynolds, Vice Principal Harriet Tubman Public School


"The Arts and Minds Wind Trio was an enriching and stimulating journey for our students." - Mark Bridges, Principal, Smith Public School 

The NSO thanks Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation, our generous Music in the Schools sponsor, for making this initiative possible.  Thanks are also extended to the Regional Municipality of Niagara for development support through their Niagara Investment in Culture programme. 

2019 Tour runs January to May; for information and applications, please contact Brody Smith, Education & Outreach Coordinator:  [email protected] | 905-687-4993 ext. 223

Preview the Study Guide HERE

Doug Miller

Zoltan Kalman Cathi MacDonnell
Principal Flute Principal Clarinet Bassoon

We love hearing feedback from students! 

“Your performance was amazing! I loved listening to all of your instruments but my favourite was the clarinet. Right now I play the piano and the guitar. Sometimes if I mess up or play the wrong note I start to give up but listening to you guys play inspired me to not give up because if I don’t give up some day I might be as good as you. Thank-you so much for this amazing performance to listen to you guys play. I hope you guys could come visit our school again sometime”


“I really enjoyed your performance. It made me feel like I was in a different world. It was like I was looking around in a new place that I’ve never been in. My favourite part was when Doug played the flute super fast. It was like the start of a running race. Thank you for your great performance”


“I really love the way all of the instruments you played and all the music you played. I usually don’t like that kind of music but you playing made me think differently”


“I know that most kids at most schools don’t get to experience something like that, and you three made that happen. I have never heard a bassoon before and I thought that was really cool. I could really imagine all of the different landscapes from ‘Blue Planet’. And I just want to thank you guys for the performance.”