The Bethany College Music Department will perform a family-friendly orchestra concert on Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert will feature activities for children and music for all ages.
The concert will be performed in two parts. The first part will feature music that celebrates women composers, in honor of Mother’s Day. During this portion of the concert, activities for children will be held on the second floor of Presser Hall for children that want to take part. The second part of the concert will feature a performance of the “Carnival of Animals” by Saint-Saens, complete with a poem by Ogden Nash.
In addition, after the concert, Bethany student organizations will have “carnival” booths set up on the lawn outside of Presser Hall with treats, craft, games and other activities for the entire family.
Professor Lillian Green, director of orchestras at Bethany, and the Sandzen Gallery have been working with children at Soderstrom Elementary and the Sprout House on art projects that relate to the music that will be featured at the concert. The student art will be on display in the lobby of Presser Hall during the concert.
Additionally, Bethany College student Annie Halterman, a sophomore music major, is also working with the students at Sprout House on a music the children will perform on the steps of Presser Hall right after the concert.
“I am really excited about this concert event,” Professor Green said. “Annie and the student organizations have really been putting a lot of work into the carnival and educational events.”
The concert is free and the community, especially families are invited to attend.