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Albany Symphony has Family Concert on Friday

The Orchestra SINGS concert will be preceded by an instrument petting zoo

A girl gets an impromptu lesson at an instrument petting zoo at a previous Albany Symphony Orchestra family concert event. The petting zoo conducted an hour before the 7:30 p.m. Friday concert allows patrons of all ages to try to play an instrument, with music teachers and symphony members on hand to give instruction. (Special photo)

A girl gets an impromptu lesson at an instrument petting zoo at a previous Albany Symphony Orchestra family concert event. The petting zoo conducted an hour before the 7:30 p.m. Friday concert allows patrons of all ages to try to play an instrument, with music teachers and symphony members on hand to give instruction. (Special photo)

ALBANY —The Albany Symphony Orchestra will have an interactive concert geared toward the whole family Friday evening, with the concert preceded by a “petting zoo” for musical instruments.

The symphony’s The Orchestra SINGS concert is set to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. At 6:30 p.m., patrons of all ages will be able to play one of the instruments that will be available, with instruction provided by music teachers and orchestra members.

The special concert is designed to be both educational and fun. Featured will be Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Copland’s “Simple Gifts” from Appalachian Spring and others. The performance will explores music — specifically the melodic element — through narration, projections and extended examples performed by the symphony, which “sings” when its members play melodies.

“The Albany Symphony invites anyone of any age who loves music and would like to learn more about how music is put together. The Orchestra SINGS is about melody and function in music. The interactive program is appropriate for elementary students up through seasoned concert-goers,” commented Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, ASO music director and conductor.

The evening concert will follow Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up concert for fourth-graders in the Dougherty and Lee County school systems on Friday morning, an event the Albany Symphony has participated in for six years.The curriculum consists of repertoire, hands-on activities and a culminating interactive performance with the live professional symphony orchestra. The evening Family Concert is an expanded version of the Link Up concert.

The institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for people from pre-schoolers to adults.

Concert tickets are $5 and $10 depending on seat location. Tickets may be purchased online at albanysymphony.org, by calling (229) 430-8933 or at the auditorium box office one hour before the concert.