Kennett Symphony plans two interactive children’s concerts
● By Steven Hoffman
Music director Michael Hall has plenty of fun, new activities planned for the Kennett Symphony of Chester County's two children's concerts that are taking place in the next two weeks.
“These are children’s concerts for the whole family,” Hall explained. “They will be interactive concerts for the little ones. It’s a great way to introduce them to the power and beauty of classical music.”
The two performances, titled “Music, Stories in Sound,” will take place on Sunday, March 1 at Lincoln University and Sunday, March 8 at Asplundh Hall on the campus of West Chester University. Each show begins at 2 p.m.
From 1:30 to 1:45, the youngsters in the audience will be provided with batons and will take part in a pre-concert conducting class with Hall. Then, after the show, there will be an “instrument petting zoo”—the musicians will hold a meet-and-greet and allow youngsters to try the instruments that are used in the orchestra.
Hall said that this is a good way for children to learn about a new instrument or learn more about an instrument that they already play from a professional musician.
During the show, which will blend music, stories, and sound, the musicians and the audience will be working in concert. Hall explained that orchestral music can have the characters, settings, and moods that a story has.
“We’re going to build a story together,” Hall said. “The audience will help create a story based on the music that they are hearing. It’s fun and interactive.”
Hall said that his favorite part of these kinds of concerts are the back-and-forth exchanges with audience members. He particularly enjoys the opportunity to introduce youngsters to classical music.
“I like seeing the kids really engaged and having a good time. That, for me, is really the best part,” he said. “Our objective is to share classical music with as many people as possible. This is a fantastic opportunity to come see live music.”
Tickets to the shows are just $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 610-444-6363 or visit www.kennettsymphony.org.