‘Once Upon an Orchestra’ brings fairy tales to life

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Parents and children look on as players from the Space Coast Symphony tell musical fairy tales during Once Upon an Orchestra. The multi-part series introduces preschool and kindergarten aged children to orchestral instruments.

Two enchanting stories will come to life when players from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra present another installment of the popular Once Upon an Orchestra musical series for small fry at 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM on Saturday, August 21 at McKee Botanical Garden, 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach, 32962.  Designed for preschool and kindergarten aged children, the 45-minute outdoor story time will feature two instruments of the string section, the violin and cello. Daniel Dorff’s “The Three Little Pigs” opens the fun-filled program, telling the familiar story while illustrating musical variations and leitmotifs, using plenty of humor and audience participation to tickle the funny bones of children and adults. The audience even helps the wolf blow the house down!  An “Adventure at Granny’s” is a musical dramatization of the story, “Little Red Riding Hood.”  Cello player Paul Fleury and violinist Konstantin Dmitrov will assume character roles to highlight the reading of the story. The light-hearted approach to the classic fable comes complete with the Big Bad Wolf in Granny’s nightcap and a chase through the forest. The entire program will be narrated by Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Aaron T. Collins and will entertain and educate tots about orchestral instruments in the strings family. Begun with a grant from Indian River Impact 100, Once Upon an Orchestra programs are free, with regular admission to McKee Botanical Garden. For more information about Once Upon an Orchestra, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org.    

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins is delighted to present the Once Upon an Orchestra concerts for kids by way of delightful stories. Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

“These concerts at McKee Botanical Garden are fun for everybody, said Collins. “I’m not sure who gets a bigger kick out of them, the kids or the musicians!”  

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2021-22 Season, youth programs or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

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