The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble will lead children through the rhythmic world of percussion instruments during this Saturday’s Just for Kids concert.

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The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids Series for the 2011-12 season will open Saturday, Oct. 1, with a total of three concerts.

Two performances of In the Land of Music, Rhythm is King will be presented by the Percussion Ensemble at 10 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. (one block south of Grant). Follow Tommy Tom-tom and his side kick, Chilling Willie, on a percussive exploration through a variety of cultures where there are no borders.

A third concert, titled Sailing the High C’s by the TSO’s Brass Quintet, will performed at 10:30 a.m. that day at the Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way. Come dressed as a pirate and be prepared to walk the plank into a sea of pirate-themed music. Audiences can let their imagination set sail with music from pirate movies, musicals, and the works of great composers.

Admission is free, with a suggested $3 per person donation.

Just for Kids is a popular series of fun, informal, interactive chamber ensemble concerts lasting 45 to 50 minutes. The performances use humor, storytelling, demonstrations and participation to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments in an entertaining and kid-friendly environment to families including those with very young children.

The Tucson Symphony Center programs are presented on the first Saturday morning of each month from October through March.

The Sahuarita programs are presented on the first Saturday morning of October, November, January and March.

For more information about the Tucson Symphony Center Just for Kids program, call the TSO box office at 882-8585 or visit

For more information about the Sahuarita program, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 882-8896 or 445-7850.

If you go

What: TSO Just for Kids Concerts

When & Where: Oct. 1 in two locations: Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., in Tucson at 10 and 11:15 a.m.; and Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

Cost: Free. A $3 donation per person is suggested.

For more information, visit www.


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