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The Owensboro Symphony has launched a new education program called Symphony Storytime that introduces young children to classical music through storytelling. This program features stories from The Story Orchestra Book Series, which provides beautifully illustrated retellings of classical ballet, opera, and program music stories. The stories are paired with short sound clips of orchestral music, which helps to bring the music to life.

During Symphony Storytime, children will have the opportunity to listen to a storybook being read while hearing musical interludes from famous orchestral works. Additionally, there will be a music education component teaching children about the composer and the music they hear. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to discover the beauty of classical music in a fun and imaginative way.

The Story Orchestra Book Series include: Four Seasons in One Day (Vivaldi), Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky), The Carnival of Animals (Saint-Sans), The Magic Flute (Mozart), In the Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg), Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky), The Planets (Holst), and The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky).

Symphony Storytime will be presented at the Owensboro Symphony Academy, Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Daviess County Public Library, and other locations throughout the community, including several area preschools. Symphony Storytime featuring The Nutcracker will be held in conjunction with the City of Owensboro’s Hometown Christmas on Tuesday, November 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History and Tuesday, December 5 at 10 a.m. at the Daviess County Public Library.

“The Owensboro Symphony brings people of all ages and backgrounds together. We are thrilled to introduce Symphony Storytime to young children in the region,” said Gwyn Payne, Owensboro Symphony CEO. “And what better time than the holidays! We are grateful for partnerships like the ones we have with the Owensboro Museum of Science and History and the Daviess County Public Library.”