BELOITWhile the weather outside may be frightful, only festive and merry sounds will resonate the filled auditorium at Janesvilles Parker High School on Dec. 21, as the BJSO performs their ever-popular KinderKonzert. With a target audience of 3-8-year-olds, the BJSO dedicates the entire afternoon to entertaining and introducing area youth to symphonic music at its holiday best.
Last years first BJSO KinderKonzert was attended by more than 450, and it is hoped that even more will attend this year. The same highly skilled musicians will be featured to entertain the audience with collections such as Let It Snow, Silver Bells, White Christmas and Deck the Halls, among others. Selections from The Nutcracker will also be played.
The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra involves all area youth in the celebration of the holiday season. To most children, a trumpet sounds like a trombone, and a flute is long and skinny like a clarinet. Once they visit the BJSOs instrument petting zoo at the KinderKonzert, they will be able to distinguish the physical differences in the instruments and perhaps know the distinctive difference in sound and intonation.
Director Rob Tomaro will gear this concert toward area youth that will provide introductions for many children to the splendor and beauty of orchestral music. At 12:30 p.m., Dec. 21, the BJSO will host the instrument petting zoo and the concert will begin at 1 p.m. At some point during the Konzert, there will be a surprise appearance from Santa Claus.
Janesvilles Parker High School is at 3125 Mineral Point Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under, and are available at the following locations: in Beloit, please call either the BJSO at (608) 363-2554 or visit Attic Quilts, 314 State St., and in Janesville, please visit M & I Bank, 100 N. Main St., downtown.