The Essendon Symphony Orchestra held their yearly children's concert at the Clocktower Centre a few weekends ago, little Miss and I were invited to experience Animal Antics.
The orchestra was led by conductor Jenny Going who was very entertaining throughout the performance asking children to stand up and dance, jump up and down and move as if they were riding a horse. She also asked little ones what they thought each piece of music played represented.
The orchestra were all wearing animal ears which little Miss liked and commented on. She really enjoyed when a big bear came on stage during one of the performances and walked around the stalls to meet little ones.
We really enjoyed Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebe and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Little Miss and little ones around us did however get a bit impatient at the 'grown up' piece during the middle of the concert.
But things changed and became more relevant to little ones when the orchestra's youngest member Leonora (who I believe is thirteen years old) conducted the orchestra through her arrangement of Old MacDonald.
Overall, we really enjoyed the performance from the Essendon Symphony Orchestra a few weeks ago. Little Miss and little ones in the audience gained an appreciation for the orchestra on the day. We are looking forward to attending next year's children's concert.
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