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Family Proms

DARWIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S Family Proms music program offers the perfect introduction to classical music for young and old alike. December’s performance showcases the unique sounds of each individual instrument and shares the power of the music that’s created when they’re combined.

Tamara Howie had a chat with DSO Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Jonathan Tooby about the magic of orchestral music.

What’s the best thing about classical music for kids?
Classical music has the power to transport children into a variety of worlds. The orchestra has such a rich palette of sounds that, combined with a child’s imagination, can take them to some magical places.

Will any particular instruments surprise new listeners?
I think for most people new to the sound of a symphony orchestra of 70 players, it is the sound of the whole orchestra that overwhelms them. Of course, there are some extraordinary individual instrumental textures, but it is the whole sound that is truly unique and amazing.

What are your hot tips for the best classical music pieces for young ones?
There are some obvious choices, like Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev or Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens, which have very beautiful text and really enhances the experience for children. There is also so much terrific film music, too, the list is truly endless. Peer Gynt by Grieg is also a favourite!

Family Proms
WHEN SAT 5 DEC | 10.30-11.30AM

Photo: Tim Nicol Photography

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