Special to the Journal
ALBANY, Ga – The Albany Symphony Orchestra presents a fun-filled interactive Family Concert, The Orchestra Rocks, on Friday, March 15 in the Albany Municipal Auditorium. A complimentary Instrument Petting Zoo for all ages will be available in the lobby at 6:30 pm. Concert-goers may play the instrument they’ve always wanted to. Instruction will be provided by music teachers and orchestra members. The concert begins at 7:30 pm.
This educational opportunity teaches the function of rhythm, a universal element of music, and will feature Holst’s “Mars” from The Planets, Terry Riley’s Clapping Music, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and other exciting musical examples. The performance explores music, specifically the rhythmic element, through lively narration, projections and extended examples performed by the ASO. Composers and musicians play with elements of musical time, creating patterns of sound and silence that are expressive and exciting. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together.
The evening’s performance follows Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up concert for third through fifth graders in Dougherty and Lee County’s school systems that morning. The ASO has been a national partner in Link Up for the past five years. The curriculum consists of repertoire, hands-on activities and a culminating interactive performance with a live symphony orchestra. The Family Concert is designed as an expanded version of the Link Up curriculum.
Following the concert, the Conductor’s Circle reception will be held next door at the Albany Area Arts Council. Guests can enjoy refreshments, mingle with other Conductor’s Circle members and greet Maestro Claire Fox Hillard. Tickets are $15 per person.
The ASO is a fully professional per service orchestra serving the southwest Georgia region with classical, pops, educational and special concerts. The orchestra celebrates its 50th season in 2014. Recognized for its innovative audience developmental efforts and diverse programming, the orchestra has received the League of America Orchestras and American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers (ASCAP) awards on multiple occasions.
Concert tickets are $5 and $10 depending on seat location. Concert and Conductor’s Circle tickets may be purchased online at albanysymphony.org or by calling 229-430-8933.