Northwest NEWS

September 20, 1999

Entertainment

Discover Music with Seattle Symphony

   The Seattle Symphony has expanded its family programming to include a new series designed specifically for the youngest audience members.

   The Symphony will present a Tiny Tots series geared for children age 5 years and under. The new three-concert series, offered on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., will augment the Symphony's five popular Saturday morning 11 a.m. Discover Music! concerts for children ages 6-12.

   Tiny Tots programs will enable families, parents, and preschool teachers to introduce music in a performance setting to children during their early developmental years. Each of the three performances has been carefully planned for young patrons--from the length of the concerts, their interactive content, and age-specific content. Storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers will perform with the musicians and add to the inspiring programs. All performers were chosen for their expertise in performing for young children.

   Tiny Tots presentations include: the Northwoods Wind Quintet on January 25, 2000; Alley-oop! Songs, Stories, and Musical Games on March 7, 2000; and the Pacific Rim Percussion Quartet on May 9, 2000. The new Tiny Tots series is general admission and will be presented in Benaroya Hall's 540-seat Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall.

   Continuing its tradition of Saturday morning family concerts, the Seattle Symphony's Discover Music! series captures the imagination of children ages 6-12 with a variety of inviting and exciting musical presentations, including a concert that examines nature as an influence in musical compositions, a fun-filled Halloween costume festivity, and several thematically-based concerts that focus on specific instrument families.

   A returning feature of all Discover Music! concerts will be the pre-concert hands-on educational activities, which will begin at 10 a.m. in Benaroya Hall's Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby.

   The Seattle Symphony's five 1999-2000 season Discover Music! series concerts are: Phantoms of the Orchestra, with the Magic Circle Mime Company, and the Symphony performing spooky tunes, on October 30, 1999; All Strings Attached, which highlights the players in the string section, on January 22, 2000; Musical Impressions, a study in music's unique affects on individuals, on February 26, 2000; The Nature of Music, a tribute to nature's role in inspiring composers, on April 29, 2000; and Ceremonial Occasions, an examination of music as communicator with guest conductor Paul-Elliot Cobbs, on May 20, 2000. The 1999-2000 Discover Music! concerts have reserved seating, giving children a true "grown-up" concert-going experience.

   In addition to both series, the Seattle Symphony's 1999-2000 season will also offer a special family performance, Hallelujah Handel! with Classical Kids and guest conductor Anthony Spain, on Saturday, December 18 at 1p.m. The Symphony, along with Classical Kids, will transport the audience to 18th-century London to follow the story of composer George Frederic Handel and his encounter with a mysterious young vocalist who he meets at an elegant party.

   Subscription, priced at $12 for the three-part Tiny Tots series and $47.50 for children and $70 for adults for the five Discover Music! concerts, are available now by calling the ticket office at (206) 215-4747, faxing the Symphony at (206) 215-4748, ordering online at www.seattlesymphony.org, or visiting the Benaroya Ticket Office at 3rd Avenue and Union Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Call (206) 215-4784 for group sales.