Symphony concert introduces thousands of kids to the magic of music

Photos by Bob Wellinski (click to enlarge)

More than 5,000 students from throughout LaPorte County, South Bend and surrounding communities attended the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra’s annual Children’s Concert on Oct. 11, 2017, at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium. This is the 29th year the symphony has provided a music-filled day for thousands of local kids at the Civic, perpetuating a tradition cherished by folks of all ages.

This year’s program taught audiences how each section of the orchestra works together to create one amazing sound. The encore piece, which will also be featured during LCSO’s Halloween Concert on Oct. 28, was a presentation of the children’s story book “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” written by actor John Lithgow. Farkle explores each orchestra section one by one until he realizes the only way to be at his best is by making all of the sections work together.

Young attendees learned about the many different instruments in the orchestra, what it means to be a maestro, and how important each individual’s part is to the entire symphony. This program is a message on the power of connection and diversity, wrapped in the guise of humorous education on how an orchestra works.

To learn more about the Oct. 28 Halloween Concert, click on this link: https://www.lcso.net/concerts/tales-from-the-dark-side

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