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A Musical Petting Zoo?

phiirThere are many benefits to living near NYC.  We are so close to amazing museums, great Broadway (capital B here!) shows, and many musical events. But sometimes you don’t want to head into the city. It’s nice to have options in Westchester for entertainment and musical enrichment.

I recently learned about the Westchester Philarmonic through a friend.  Now in its 31st season, the Westchester Philharmonic is the oldest, continuously running professional symphony orchestra and largest performing arts organization in Westchester County. The Philharmonic’s main stage concert series makes its home at the 1,300 seat Concert Hall at the Purchase Performing Arts Center, as well as outdoor concerts, chamber concerts, children’s programs, and special events throughout the area, attracting savvy music-lovers from Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland, Putnam, and Bergen counties, and even New York City.

This Sunday, they are hosting a family-friendly performance of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE  and selected other pieces.  Beginning at 2 pm teaching artists from the Philharmonic will be on hand in the lobby to guide young listeners in a “musical petting zoo” as they explore violins, cellos and more courtesy of Ardsley Musical Instrument Service, the place where we’ve always gotten our kids’ instruments!


Here is some more information on the performance.  Hope to see you there!

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Or, call (914) 682-3707

The Phil invites audiences to hop aboard Principal Conductor Ted Sperling’s guided tour to a family-friendly program, perfect for all ages yet fully satisfying to the most sophisticated musical palates. Opening with Mozart’s mischievous Overture to The Magic Flute, the whirlwind scene is set for renowned pianist Anne-Marie McDermott performing the magnificent Grieg Piano Concerto, with its famous opening passage. Then optimism and boundless possibility suffuse Beethoven’s Second Symphony.

*February 8 concert tickets for young people 17 and under are FREE with a paid adult ticket but you must call to reserve your seat. Advance reservations are required. Call (914) 682-3707*

Disclosure: I received 2 complementary tickets to the Philharmonic to facilitate writing this post.