Children will use more than just their ears at the annual Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo planned for April 18 at the University of Redlands.
The free event will feature an instrument "petting zoo" after the Redlands Symphony concert that will allow young people to touch and feel the instruments and talk with the musicians.
"It's a great way to introduce kids to instruments," said Nicholle Andrews, the university's director of choral studies. "They can hold the instruments and play with them."
The concert begins at 3 p.m., an hour after the doors open. Co Nguyen will conduct.
The program begins with Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute," with vocalists Laurel Hughes, Manuel Heredia, Mario Rios and Chris Caples.
"The Magic Flute" is a fairy tale about a young prince who tries to rescue and marry a princess who is the daughter of the Queen of the Night. The prince and his best friend set out to search for the princess using a magic flute.
The second part of the one-hour program features Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," with the character of Peter portrayed by Marco Schindelmann. The musical story is about a young Russian boy who sets out to catch a wolf. The composer uses different instruments and melodies to represent each character, including a bird (flute), a duck (oboe) and a cat (clarinet). Andrews will narrate.
The petting zoo, beginning immediately after the concert, will take place on the grass outside the chapel. Refreshments will be offered, along with a prize drawing.
An Instrument Petting Zoo will take place immediately after the Redlands Symphony's annual Family Concert at the University of Redlands
When: 3 p.m. April 18; doors open at 2 p.m.
Where: Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave., Redlands