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Kids explore symphonic music with special concert

September 23, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, was the first day for a series of Explorer Concerts by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and an extra-special day for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, which provided a grant to support these education programs for kids from Pre-K through Grade 2.

The orchestra will give two more performances in this series, at North Park Baptist Church in Trussville on Thursday and at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover on Friday. Like today’s concerts at the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, this is a great opportunity to introduce a new audience of listeners to the instruments of the orchestra and a taste of classical music.

Education manager Meaghan Heinrich and conductor Yanic Attar play off of each other in a way that invites listeners of all ages to learn and enjoy, but the focus is always on the youngest in the crowd. How appropriate, since these are the leading edge of the next generation, the ones who will benefit from all the great cultural opportunities of our community for another 50 years and more.

Visit the symphony’s website for more on the Community Foundation Explorer Concerts and other educational programs throughout the year. Bring your own children and grandchildren to a concert and encourage your favorite school or library or community organization to bring in a symphony ensemble or education workshop. With luck, we’ll see you there!

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