Symphony Holds Instrument Petting Zoo


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) If you don't know a lot about orchestras, it's hard to tell which musical instrument is what, and which sound it's making. But there's a special way to find that out.

The Magic Valley Symphony held an "instrument petting zoo" before their concert. It was a chance for kids of all ages to get up close and personal with instruments from the orchestra.

Paula Brown Sinclair, President of the Magic Valley Symphony, says, "Have you ever wanted to play one of the instruments you saw on stage? Tonight a lot of people had a chance to give it a try. They've learned cymbals, and they've learned French horn. And some of them are actually trying out a bassoon, and that's a solo tonight."

Plenty of people say they want to play the guitar, but this instrument petting zoo allowed them to try out more traditional orchestra instruments. As part of the experiment, local Boy Scouts were also on hand to learn about how the Magic Valley Symphony makes music.

Scout Mike Carberry from Troop 77 says, "We're getting our music merit badge tonight, so we can have another merit badge towards our Eagle. I'm almost there.

Carberry tried his hand at the saxophone, and managed to make a vaguely musical honk. Overall, everyone at the instrument petting zoo seemed to have a good time, with those who like musical sounds preferring the actual concert afterward.

Nov. 13, 2012.

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