Symphony Concert coming to Henderson High

A member of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County helps a boy try out the clarinet after the concert at the Instrument Zoo at a previous concert.

WEST CHESTER >> The Kennett Symphony of Chester County has a big treat for music lovers next month. The annual Family Concert will be presented on March 12 at 2 p.m. at Henderson High School at 400 Montgomery Ave in West Chester.

The orchestra will present eight numbers which orchestra Executive Director Monica Buffington desribes as “all classical but people will recognize the tunes. They are all numbers they have heard all their lives.”

She said each piece will be a building block to illustate carious aspects of music inlcuding rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and dynamic emotion.

The show will begin with Elfman/Arr Wasson “Spiderman,” followed by Bernstein’s “Mambo,” Rachmaninoff “Vocalise,” Sibelius “At the Castle Gate,” Tchaikovsky “Symphony No. 4, Movement 3,” Berlioz “Rakoczy March,” Elgar “Nimrod” and Bizet “Farandole.”

At the family concerts, Musical Director Michael Hall takes the time to describe what is coming in the next number and engage his audience in the experience.

The concert will be about an hour with no intermission.

Buffington said the board loves to present its family concert in West Chester, inasmuch as it is the symphonyt orchestra for the county. In previous years it has been at Asplundh Hall at West Chester Unniversity. This year, she said, they sought a location where the parking was easier and there is plenty of room in the hall.

After the concert, as it has been in the past, there will be an “Instrument Zoo” during which the orchestra members join the children in the audience and allow them to try out the instruments under their guidance.

Tickets are $5 each for children and adults and can be purchase online at the Kennett Symphony website

The family concert will be followed on April 1 by the “Mendelssohn, Mimosas, and More” event at the Mendenhall Inn.

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