In a first‐of‐its‐kind collaboration, the San Antonio Symphony is partnering this fall with QWILL Media & Education, Inc. of Canada, San Antonio Independent School District, and Blessed Sacrament School of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio for a 17‐classroom, multi‐disciplinary pilot program. Through the program, students of 4th and 7th grades will participate in QWILL (Quality Writing Improves Lifelong Learning) Media’s recently‐introduced, 9‐12 week literacy curriculum scaffolded around the text of award‐winning author Lois Burdett’s book A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids and Shakespeare’s original play. At the conclusion of the literacy curriculum and as a culminating enrichment activity, students will attend a corresponding San Antonio Symphony Young People’s Concert at the Tobin Center featuring Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream coupled with narration from Burdett’s children’s book in the first‐ever comprehensive pairing of these works. Local storyteller Miss Anastasia of The Twig Book Shop will take on the role of narrator for these concerts. Additionally, an advanced troupe of dancers from Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) is set to perform alongside the Symphony, presenting original choreography created by CBSA Founder and Artistic Director Vanessa Bessler to go with the story and music. The concerts are free‐admission and open to all schools and homeschool families with prior reservation. Performances takeplace Dec. 13, 19 & 20, 2017, for a total sold‐out audience of some 9,000 children.