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The animal-themed "Safari Symphony" kicks off The Oklahoma City Philharmonic's kids' music series


Ta'Chelle Jones October 7th, 2010

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic gives kids the opportunity to "discover" a love for music through a three-part concert series.

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Discovery Family Series
"Safari Symphony"
2 p.m. Sunday
Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker
$9
232-7575, www.okcphilharmonic.org

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic gives kids the opportunity to "discover" a love for music through a three-part concert series.

From wildlife excursions to musical muses with Dr. Seuss' classic characters, the 2010-11 Discovery Family Series is designed to be both educational and fun, said spokeswoman Michelle Winters. Along with several children's programs, the concert also includes elements adults will enjoy.

"This program is meant to perpetuate a love for orchestral music that children, parents and even grandparents can share with each other," she said.

Each annual series showcases three, separate hourlong performances. This year's set includes a show with musical renditions of Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Gertrude McFuzz," while the season closer is titled "Superheroes at the Symphony."

The first in the series, "Safari Symphony," features songs from box-office darlings like "The Lion King" and "Jurassic Park." The concert stages 2 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker. OKC Phil has teamed with Oklahoma City Zoo to create animal-themed pre-show games and activities.

"We really encourage attendees to show up at least an hour before the concert," Winters said. "That's when the fun really starts."

Beforehand, families can meet conductor Matt Troy and the orchestra's 6-foot penguin mascot, Phil; or play the violin, trumpet and snare drum in an "Instrument Playground."

The series runs through May. Season tickets are $21; individual tickets are $9. For more information, call 232-7575 or visit www.okcphilharmonic.org. "Ta'Chelle Jones

 
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