Special Children

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is offering an enjoyable way to introduce kids to music by playing American classics. The American Odyssey Children’s Concert is Friday, Oct. 5 at Robinson Center Music Hall in downtown Little Rock.
The orchestra, led by Associate Conductor Geoffrey Robson, explores compositions from the “Beginnings of America” through the “Growth of Black Culture in America,” to the “Influence of Hispanic Migration to America.”

The 10 a.m. concert is an excellent opportunity for a school field trip. The Orchestra Guild, along with the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, will pass out supplemental materials with plenty of hands-on activities to enhance the live experience. The event is for 4th through 8th grade students.

The dynamic program includes “Hoedown from Rodeo” by Copland, “”Maple Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin, the “Grand Canyon Suite V: Cloudburst” by Grofé, and “Symphony No. 9 ‘New World’” by Dvorák. Also features are Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Tyzik’s “Fantasy on American Themes,” Gould’s “Tap Dance Concerto,” and “Piñata” by Lay Rodriguez.

Tickets for school groups are $3 per person. Contact Jo Sears Harkins by calling 501-425-8964 to obtain more information and to reserve seats. Robinson Center Music Hall  is located at the corner of Broadway and Markham Streets.

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