On Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, members of the Helena Symphony Orchestra open this Season’s Education Concert Series with the first Symphony Kids concert.  Created for children ages 5 to 10, Symphony Kids is a free one-hour concert for audiences of all ages and their and their families.  As one of the Symphony’s educational programs, Symphony Kids brings the power of live instrumental music into the hearts of children with specific concerts designed to introduce them to the world of music and instruments.

Titled The Four Musicians, the donkey, the dog, the cat, and the rooster band together to travel to Bremen to become musicians. Through their adventures they learn about melody and harmony in the music of Bach. They discover that through music friends feel important and find happiness. And, you’re never too old or too young to be a musician!!  “Live instrumental music is a wonder to discover,” says Barbara Berg, Symphony Education Coordinator and writer of the Symphony Kids programs.  “These concerts are designed to make a personal and relevant connection with the children, and we are thrilled to offer these fun, imaginative, and interactive performances by the Helena Symphony Orchestra musicians and actors.  This introduction of classical music to children becomes a friendship that lasts a lifetime.”

Performed in the more intimate setting of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, children get to enjoy up-close and personal performances meant to enrich and enhance the music education in the Helena area.  After last Season’s popular programs, such as The Tortoise & The Hare, The Lion & The Mouse, and Frasier the Frog & His Violin, this year’s Symphony Kids concerts continue the successful program with fun music discoveries.

2015-2016 Season Symphony Kids Concert Series – FREE

Symphony Kids 1: Saturday, 31 October 2015, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Little Rend Hen

Symphony Kids 2: Saturday, 21 November 2015, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Four Musicians

Symphony Kids 3: Saturday, 9 January 2016, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Country Mouse & The City Mouse

Symphony Kids 4: Saturday, 6 February 2016, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Boy Who Cried Wolf

** All Symphony Kids take place at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.**

“The Symphony Kids concerts also capture important life lessons,” explains Symphony Kids writer and music educator Barb Berg.   “While we will experience the power of melody in music, we will also learn the importance of friendship and acceptance.”  Symphony Kids is a 35-minute free concert, and children receive an activity book, and are welcomed to enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by Piccolo’s Music immediately following the concert in the lobby.

Symphony Kids is sponsored by generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Base Camp, Montana Cultural Trust, and The Sidney E. Frank Foundation.

Please contact the Symphony for interviews with Educator Coordinator Barb Berg.

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