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Published: Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Cascade Symphony offers classical music lesson for kids

  • Pianist Andrew Ma, 12, is one of the "rising stars."

    Pianist Andrew Ma, 12, is one of the "rising stars."

  • Madelyn Kowalski, a 14-year-old cellist, is one of the "rising stars."

    Madelyn Kowalski, a 14-year-old cellist, is one of the "rising stars."

  • David Brewer pays tuba for the "Tubby the Tuba."

    David Brewer pays tuba for the "Tubby the Tuba."

The Cascade Symphony's annual children's concert is a way for youngsters to be introduced to classical music, with help from Tubby the Tuba.
Kids also have the chance to get up close with musicians and learn about what they play during the "instrument petting zoo."
The Children's Concert is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. Tickets are $15 and $10 for children age 12 and under. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Concert tickets are available only through the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 425-275-9595 or at www.ec4arts.org/. For more information, visit the CSO website at www.cascadesymphony.org/ or call 425-776-4938.
Before the concert, an "instrument petting zoo" will be set up in the ECA lobby where kids can see and touch and play various orchestra instruments.
During the concert, Cascade Symphony Orchestra member David Brewer takes kids on a musical journey about how Tubby the Tuba discovered he could sing and found his own melody to play. Brewer on tuba gets story-telling help from narrator Dave Dolacky.
Young aspiring musicians in the audience will get further inspiration when the symphony presents the season's Rising Stars.
Cellist Madelyn Kowalski, 14, and pianist Andrew Ma, 12, auditioned for the chance to be chosen to perform with the orchestra. Madelyn will perform the first movement of the Boccherini Cello Concerto, and Andrew will play the first movement of the Haydn Piano Concerto.
Madelyn is a ninth grade student living on Marrowstone Island near Port Townsend who began playing the cello at age 7 and joined the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra organization at age 9.
Andrew lives in Woodway and began formal piano training at age 5. Andrew was selected to perform for the Young Pianists Institute at the Portland International Piano Festival and has twice been among the top 20 young musicians of the KING-FM Ten Grands Young Artist Awards, according to a press release.
Herald staff

Story tags » Classical MusicEdmondsFamily fun

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