The Petting Zoo and the DSO

Posted on May 20, 2013

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I had the great pleasure of participating in the High Strung Instrument Petting Zoo at a Durham Symphony Orchestra concert last weekend. This event allows for the happy convergence of two free, family-friendly music events that both make home in our community – the DSO and the High Strung Instrument Petting Zoo! The Durham Symphony Orchestra’s Pops in the Park concert series brings great music to the people, free and outdoors. (Or free and indoors if it’s a particularly stormy North Carolina spring day, as it happened to be last week.) I was amazed to see how may familiar faces I found in the orchestra, including strings teachers from the Durham Public Schools, Kidznotes teachers, and students we at High Strung have watched grow from little beginners into highly skilled young players. Hearing them play was a treat, and the program ranged from Wagner to The Phantom of the Opera to a swinging Duke Ellington medley. Our job is to bring the High Strung Petting Zoo to as many community music events like this one as we can. Many families see the free DSO concerts as a great way to expose their young children to classical music in a low-key setting. How exciting for the kids, after hearing their first symphony, to get to try a violin on their way out the door!

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