On Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Helena Symphony continues this Season’s Education Concert Series with another Symphony Kids concert. Created for children ages 5 to 10, Symphony Kids is a free 35-minute 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 music into the hearts of children with specific concerts designed to introduce them to the world of music and instruments.

Titled The Wishing Star, the concert features music from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked and Pippin, and music by Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen, and Randall Thompson. Members of the Helena Symphony Chorale are led by Assistant Conductor Larry Sheldon. Complete with costumed actors and narrator, the concert explores the use of voices and different moods in music. “Live music is a wonder to discover,” says Barbara Berg, Symphony Education Coordinator and writer of the Symphony Kids programs. This concerts each offer an important life lesson, and this performance teaches that “a wish on a star shines brighter when wrapped in kindness.”

“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 Symphony musicians and actors,” explains Berg. “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. 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. Several hundred families and children attend these free concerts!

Symphony Kids is sponsored by generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Piccolo’s Music, American Chemet, Montana Cultural Trust, and Ron Waterman.

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