Auburn Symphony tunes up for KinderKonzert

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The Auburn Symphony believes you’re never too young to start appreciating classical music. Consider the symphony’s annual KinderKonzert the epitome of an all-ages show. The kid-friendly concert starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Placer High auditorium and features Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter And The Wolf.” “It’s a regular concert but it’s geared toward children,” Pat Steidel, a KinderKonzert coordinator, explained. “It’s active music. It’s lively music. We feel like the earlier we can introduce them to this, the better.” Audrey Mueller, an Auburn Symphony board member and fellow KinderKonzert coordinator, said the show is meant to entertain and educate the little ones. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce symphonic music to children and to their families, and to educate children that classical music can be accessible,” she said. Saturday’s program is roughly an hour long. “The 2- and 3-year-olds can’t take much more than that,” Steidel said. The fun isn’t over once the music stops, Steidel said. The Sugar Plump Fairies will be on hand, giving out post-concert “Peter and the Wolf” cookies, and members of Placer High’s Golden Hillmen Band are slated to bring their flutes, clarinets, trumpets and more as a part of an “instrumental petting zoo.” David Lawrenson, Placer High director of music, said concertgoers are able to see, touch and even play instruments. It’s an experience that benefits the musicians as much as the kids. “Teaching someone is a great way to develop their skill,” he said. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at __________ Auburn Symphony KinderKonzert When: 11 a.m. Saturday Where: Placer High auditorium, 275 Orange St. Cost: $7 general Information:, (530) 823-6683