Top-notch chamber musicians, in town for the fifth annual Birdfoot Festival, put on an intimate performance May 26 for students at Encore Academy in New Orleans.

They included Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim; violinist Emily Nebel; violists Rose Hashimoto and Robert Meyer; and cellists Michael Unterman and Eli Lara, who also discussed their music with the kids.

The Birdfoot Festival brings live chamber music to New Orleans each May but sets it in relaxed and intimate venues, fostering a musical dialogue between performers and the audience. Working with local students is part of Birdfoot’s mission.