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Symphony, instrument "petting zoo" presented for children

June 12, 2009 12:00AM

"Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin," written by Lloyd Moss

The world-premiere performance of symphony for children will be performed by musicians with the Southeast Kansas Symphony this weekend.

"Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin," an award-winning book written by Lloyd Moss and the muse for a composition by John Ross, will be performed for community children at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public, with no RSVPs necessary.

Presented by the PSU Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations along with the SEK Symphony, the performance is a way for young children to learn about different musical instruments while listening to real classical music interwoven with the colorful story from the book. The 35-minute performance includes narration from PSU communication professors Cynthia Allan and Gil Cooper.

Stella Hastings, conductor of the SEK Symphony, said she loved the idea of presenting a symphony for children, but wanted to find something that could be performed by just a small group of musicians. She contacted John Ross and asked if he could modify the symphony he wrote for the book, and was thrilled when he sent her a composition written for 10 players. This performance will be the first-ever presentation of the new work.

"Anytime we can reach out to the community and let them know that classical music is for any person of any age and any income, it is a wonderful feeling," Hastings said. "This is a great opportunity to help people understand that culture is for all of us."

The family-friendly performance will end with an instrument "petting zoo," in which the musicians will line the aisles, allowing children to see and listen to the instruments up close.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations at 620-235-4758.

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