symphony-kids-photo-4On Saturday, October 1 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 There’s a Monster in My Closet, the concert features the well-known music from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  Complete with costumed actors and narrator, the concert explores the use of moods in music, specifically how things are not always what they seem to be in life.  “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.  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, 1 October 2016, 10:00 a.m. ~ There’s a Monster in My Closet

Symphony Kids 2: Saturday, 5 November 2016, 10:00 a.m. ~ I Need A Pet!

Symphony Kids 3: Saturday, 4 February 2017, 10:00 a.m. ~ My Mother is the

Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Symphony Kids 4: Saturday, 8 April 2017, 10:00 a.m. ~ The Engine That Could

** 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, American Chemet, the Base Camp, Montana Cultural Trust, and Mignon & Ron Waterman.

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

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