The inspirational qualities of music can be a powerful force in shaping the education of our children. This program is designed to introduce very young children to music through exposure to the instruments of the orchestra. Small ensembles of CSO musicians present hour-long programs to small groups of children, the size of the audience allowing for an “up close” intimacy that is not possible at larger concerts. The musicians perform and talk about their instruments. The children have the opportunity to make observations, ask questions, and, most importantly, to touch and play the variety of instruments in the CSO “instrument petting zoo.” This program is available to schools throughout the region, and is presented to more than 6,000 children annually.
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