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Something different on a Sunday

Something different on a Sunday

October 21, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Our family has enjoyed The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's SymFUNy Sundays family series for several years. The series subscriptions are a great value and the performances are top shelf (especially the popular Yuletide production). Audience members are also invited to pre-show activities such as musician meet and greet sessions, hands-on instrument displays, raffles, dancing, crafts, and treats in the Hilbert Circle Theater lobby.

The series kickoff, Peter and the Wolf, could not have come on a better day. The sun was out in full force as were concert goers, shoppers, Colts fans and Pacer Fan Jam patrons. It was a great day to be downtown in our beautiful city.

Our maestro for the afternoon, David Glover, arrived disguised as a sorcerer. He

"spun a yarn" with both words and music as we enjoyed Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Next, we were amazed and amused by concert master Zach De Pue's incredible music ability during Danse Macabre, Opus 40 (Camille Saint-Sans) and his tomfoolery as he snuck about playing in various locations in the audience. The crowd pleaser, Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and The Wolf concluded the afternoon. Narrator Michael Boudewyns brought the rich musical score to life with simple household props. (No joke, plungers, hat racks, buckets, suitcases and a handbag...these were really his props. It was brilliant!)

Just as impressive as the music and theatrics on stage were the hundreds of young ladies and gentlemen in the audience. It warmed my heart to see so many adults bringing children to the theatre. In today's world of electronics, animation, and media on demand, it takes practice for kids (and adults, too) to become appropriate audience members at live arts events. Visiting the theatre fosters patience, imagination, and good manners and is a great way to engage all the senses!

The ISO SymFUNy Sundays performances are the perfect fit for families. Kids are the future of the arts in our world, so make plans to attend Play Me a Story on March 16th and Dan Zanes and Friends on April 13th! Visit www.indianapolissymphony.org or stop by the Hilbert Circle Theatre box office for tickets!

-Wendy S.

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