Families can take a ride on the Magic Carpet Concert Series this Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m., when children make characters bounce into life through music at the Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy.

Magic Carpet concerts are free and open to the public, though a donation of $3 to $5 is requested. The concerts are presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

Magic Carpet concerts offer "an intimate, interactive experience for young children and their families where they can explore the sights, sounds and workings of instruments and dance," a release said. "The audience can listen, laugh, dance and sing as each show becomes a unique and rewarding experience."

Children participate on the rug near the performers "as we take them on a journey, just like a magic carpet," said Music and Dance Academy director Nina Tishkevich.

This week's show is the piano composition from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Pianist Ala Emet and dancer Claire Hancock perform selections like Gnomes, BabaYaga (witch), Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks and more. Little ones are encouraged to come in costume, ready to move, and in comfortable shoes.

For many years, SAACA helped produce a music series for families called Musical Magic for Kids in Oro Valley. The program was cut in 2009. This year, SAACA has partnered with the Music and Dance Academy, located at 7954 N. Oracle, on the southeast corner of Magee and Oracle roads.

'Pictures at an Exhibition'

Saturday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m.

Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy, 7954 N. Oracle Rd.

$5 donation recommended

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