The Lee’s Summit Symphony’s annual Family Pops night featured several activities for kids before the concert, including the popular instrument Petting Zoo, where symphony musicians help kids try out various instruments.
This year, Meyer Music provided several sizes of violins so that even the smallest child could try out a violin. Brass, woodwinds and percussion were also popular. The hallways were filled with art exhibits and fun events like face painting and appearances by KC Wolf and high school mascots. The concert’s theme was “wild things.”
Nearly 700 attendees enjoyed hearing Kirt Mosier narrate “Where the Wild Things Are,” and Ben Martin read “Peter and the Wolf,” while various instruments portrayed the cat, bird, wolf and duck. The orchestra also played “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and other favorites, and the sixth grade honors choir performed two numbers.
Conductor Russ Berlin said, “We always look forward to this concert and introducing young people to orchestra music in a fun way.”