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Symphony in the Valley gets in touch with its inner child

A snare drum, quail call and toy trumpet come together to make music in Symphony in the Valley’s first concert of its 2005-06 season, “Classics for (and by) Kids.”The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Aspen District Theater.The Symphony’s concert season is dedicated to the theme, “Year of the Child.””We have always encouraged the study and performance of music by our youth,” said Wendy Larson, artistic director and conductor.Larson said 35 percent of the orchestra is made up of student musicians. The symphony hosts the Young Artist Concerto Competition for musicians and vocalists each year and awards a $1,000 scholarship annually to one of the orchestra’s graduating seniors.The weekend’s concert, “Classics for (and by) Kids,” brings to the stage favorite musical literature for children, including Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland; Villas Lobos’ “The Little Engine Who Could” with Brazilian percussion instruments; Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia”; and Haydn’s “Toy Symphony.” Dvorak’s “Humoresque” will also be performed by area violin students.”Haydn’s ‘Toy Symphony” is complex music,” Larson said. “But it’s typical of Papa Haydn’s sense of humor to have this music partially played by toys. In his ‘Farewell’ work, he has musicians leave the stage as they finish playing.”Larson, who will narrate the stories of each piece, said the toys weren’t easy to find.”I went into a hunting store and asked for a quail call, and the clerk wanted to know what kind,” said Larson, who ended up with a Bob White quail call.”This music should appeal to all ages,” she said.Tickets, sold at the door, are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (70 and older) and $5 for youths ages 3 to 18.The rest of the Symphony in the Valley season includes the Christmas concert, Dancing into Christmas, Dec. 2 and 4, at Glenwood Springs High School; the February concert The Symphony Swing, Feb. 25 at the Hotel Colorado, and Feb. 26 at Glenwood Springs High School; and the Mother’s Day Concert, May 13 at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork near Carbondale, and May 14 at Glenwood Springs High School.


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