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Earth, fairy tales come to life during TSO programs

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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 am

The next programs in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids series are Saturday, March 5. A total of three concerts will be performed: The Earth is Alive with the Sound of Music with the TSO String Quartet at 10 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. (1 block south of Grant), and one performance of Cinderella and Other Classic Fairy Tales at 10:30 a.m. that same day at the Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way.

Just for Kids is a popular series of informal and interactive chamber ensemble concerts lasting about 45 minutes. The performances use humor, story-telling, 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 programs are presented on the first Saturday morning of each month from October through April. There is ample free parking at the Tucson Symphony Center. The Just for Kids performances at the Town Hall in Sahuarita are presented at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturdays of October, November, February and March.

At the Tucson Symphony Center, the String Quartet will perform The Earth is Alive with the Sound of Music, an array of rhythms and songs bringing the planet Earth to life. Circle the globe with the TSO Strings to the sounds of different lands, plants and animals. The Audubon Society will distribute packets of local plant seeds to each child.

At the Town Hall in Sahuarita, the TSO Wind Quintet will perform Cinderella and Other Classic Fairy Tales. Kids are invited to dress up as their favorite fairy tale characters for a journey through an enchanted forest where the Winds will introduce them to such classic fairy tale friends as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice before bringing Cinderella to life musically.

Admission is free, with a suggested $3 per person donation. For more information about the Tucson Symphony Center program, call 882-8585 or visit www.tucsonsymphony.org. For more information about the Sahuarita program, call 882-8896 or 445-7850.

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