JOLIET – At the Joliet Symphony Orchestra’s (JSO) special performance of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” children and families will have the opportunity to touch a timpani, play a piccolo or cuddle a clarinet.
The concert will take place 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in the Sexton Auditorium of the Moser Performing Arts Center, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Admission is free and tickets are not needed.
The casual and interactive symphony performance will begin by telling the classic fairy tale, “Peter and the Wolf,” which will be narrated by retired band director Edward Jones and illustrated using the sounds of the symphony.
After the performance, an “instrument petting zoo” will take place. Instruments from the string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections will be available for children to handle and try playing for themselves. The orchestra musicians will also be available to answer any questions and assist attendees.
“Many children are growing up without any exposure to music education,” JSO Director Alex Dee said in a news release. “Additionally, symphony orchestra performances can be intimidating and are often not geared toward a young audience. A shorter performance time, simple story narrative and causal environment will make this event a perfect first concert and instrument experience for children.”