Our Instrument Petting Zoo for children has grown each year, and we expect this year to be better than ever! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. The Petting Zoo gives kids the opportunity to learn about, touch, and play a wide variety of instruments.
Special thanks to Band of Angels for donating the instruments for this event.
The American Sound
Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m. (preceded by Petting Zoo) Atonement Lutheran Church
Dr. Chris Kelts, Conductor
Robert Carney, Piano
America the Beautiful
The Star-Spangled Banner
Symphony No. 9 “New World” (mvt. 2)
Stars and Stripes Forever
Washington Post March
An Outdoor Overture
Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin Featuring guest soloist Dr. Robert Carney, piano
Don and Jennifer’s school program includes a free, 30-45 minute violin/viola demo in which they explain differences between the two instruments and play kid-friendly selections. In addition, they have recently added a new “Seeing the Symphony” section that gives young students a behind-the-scenes look at how an orchestra works. During this part of the program they illustrate what conductors and concertmasters do, explain why there are more instruments of some kinds onstage than of others, and talk about how symphony concerts differ from other kinds of performances.
Both sections of the school sessions are highly interactive. They include playing lots of “kid friendly” tunes, such as some familiar classical and movie themes, as well as accompanying students as they sing songs they know, and giving each child a chance to help play one of the instruments and/or conduct as Jennifer and Don play.
Contact KCCO if you would like to invite Don and Jennifer to play for your students (at no charge to your school).
The quality of cultural involvement that Jennifer provides our individuals is out of this world and far beyond our expectations of what musical inclusion should look like. – Tiffany Hanna, Johnson County Developmental Supports
In addition to these youth-focused programs, Jennifer also performs regularly at six adult residential care facilities for adults with particular physical and mental needs. In 2016 alone, she played 66 such solo sessions at over a dozen different local care facilities. Many of her volunteer sessions are for Alzheimer’s patients. For those who are no longer able to carry on a conversation or answer simple questions, sometimes music is the only voice left to them. Their faces light up when they recognize what they’re hearing, and they can often sing the words of old familiar tunes!
Learn more about our outreach programs here, or contact us for more information or to schedule an outreach event.
Kansas City Civic Orchestra
PO Box 224
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201