The Symphony is proud to partner with the Virginia Discovery Museum on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall for two programs per year entitled Meet the Symphony Musician. On each program, orchestra members demonstrate a featured instrument and accompany a guest reader of a children’s book. Afterwards, musicians hold a petting zoo of instruments from the featured instrument’s family. Instrument families rotate on an every other year basis – strings and woodwinds one year, brass and percussion the following.
Have you met a snail with an “itchy foot” who longs to see the world? Listen to Peter Spaar, Principal Bass with the Charlottesville Symphony, demonstrate string instruments and create with his bass the sound of a whale who carries the snail on far-off adventures – using the tip of his tail! Listen to the story of The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30AM as part of the VDM's "Meet Me on Main Street" series.
These programs are free with the purchase of a Virginia Discovery Museum admission ticket. Learn more at the Virginia Discovery Museum website.
January 11, 2020
Woodwind instruments and the story of The Hiccupotamus with Principal Oboe Kelly Peral.
February 2, 2019
Percussion instruments and the story of Freeda the Cheetah with Principal Timpani and Percussion I-Jen Fang.
January 12, 2019
Brass instruments and the story The Very Sneezy Garbage Truck with Principal Horn Katy Ambrose.
February 3, 2018
Woodwind instruments and the story Little Wolf's First Howling with former Principal Clarinet Shawn Earle.
January 13, 2018
String instruments and The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling with Principal Viola Ayn Balija.
October 27, 2017
Spooky sounds instrument petting zoo at Boo Bash.
February 4, 2017
Percussion instruments and the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with Principal Percussion I-Jen Fang.
January 14, 2017
Brass instruments and the story Ben's Trumpet with former Principal Trumpet Rachel Duncan.
October 28, 2016
SpooOOooky Sounds instrument petting zoo at Boo Bash with Principal Trombone Nathaniel Lee and violist Megan Gray.
February 13, 2016
Woodwind instruments and the story Ralph's Secret Weapon with Principal Bassoon Elizabeth Roberts.
January 13, 2016
String instruments and the story Giraffes Can't Dance with Concertmaster Daniel Sender.
February 7, 2015
Percussion instruments and the story I Got the Rhythm with Principal Percussionist I-Jen Fang.
January 10, 2015
Brass instruments and the story Little Melba and her Big Trombone with Principal Trombone Nathaniel Lee.
May 3, 2014
Woodwind instruments and the story Fox and Crow are NOT Friends with Principal Flute Kelly Sulick.
April 19, 2014
Brass instruments and the story Ellison the Elephant with former Principal Horn Maria Serkin.
February 8, 2014
String instruments and the story There Was a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello with Principal Cello Adam Carter.