Joliet Symphony Orchestra to Host Free Family Concert at USF

Dec. 21, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra will perform “Peter and the Wolf” and host an instrument “petting zoo” for children on Jan. 13. 

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 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,” says JSO Director Alex Dee. “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.”

The concert will take place on Saturday, January 13, at 11 a.m. in the Sexton Auditorium of the Moser Performing Arts Center, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Admission is free and tickets are not needed.

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.