Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Petting Zoo, Introducing Children To Orchestral Instruments

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Local children can experience a different kind of petting zoo this summer when the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra brings its Instrument Petting Zoo to seven Long Beach area libraries June 21 thru August 2.

The Instrument Petting Zoo introduces young children to the instruments of the orchestra. Volunteers from OVATION!, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra’s volunteer group that supports the Symphony’s outstanding artistic, cultural and music education programs, lead a short presentation that explains the different string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The children are then allowed to try as many instruments as they like.

The goal of the Instrument Petting Zoo is to allow children to be exposed to and gain an interest in the instruments of the orchestra before they have a visit from an LBSO ensemble in the 2nd and 3rd grades.

This year, the seven library visits are:

  • Tuesday, June 28: Bret Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow St., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (562) 570-1044.
  • Wednesday, July 6: El Dorado Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd., 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (562) 570-3136.
  • Thursday, July 21: Dana Library, 3680 Atlantic Ave., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (562) 570-1042.
  • Wednesday, July 27: Brewitt Library, 4036 E. Anaheim St., 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (562) 570-1040.
  • Friday, July 29: Ruth Bach Library, 4055 Bellflower Blvd., 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (562) 570-1038.
  • Tuesday, August 2: Cerritos Library, 18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (562) 916-1350.

For more information, please contact the Children’s Librarian at each branch.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra begins its 77th season in October 2011. Each year LBSO draws loyal audiences from the greater metro-coastal area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater, four Orchestra POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena and two Holiday Celebration concerts in the Terrace Theater. The Orchestra works with the Long Beach Unified School District to provide sequential, curriculum-based music education opportunities throughout the year. Through its comprehensive music education programs—including professional ensembles in elementary and middle schools and widely acclaimed Miller Foundation Symphony Concerts for Young People – the LBSO reaches more than 25,000 students a year.

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