Louisville Orchestra and Library team up for free storytime concert series

The Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Free Public Library are teaming up for a new series of free concerts for young children and their families. The “Once Upon an Orchestra” concerts are supported by the Library Foundation, Friends of the library, The Brown-Forman Foundation and Heavenly hill Distillery.

The shows “He was an orchestra” combine musical creation and narration to introduce young children to the world of an orchestra. Musicians from the Louisville Orchestra will perform in small ensembles, while telling stories that will help young people engage and be happy. Each 30-minute interactive concert is followed by a 30-minute activity that allows children to build a musical instrument from recycled materials.

The Louisville Orchestra’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Sarah Lempke O’Hare, will lead the program. She explains in a press release her visions of the events.

“With Once Upon An Orchestra, we build on our established MakingMUSIC program,” says O’Hare. “By offering free musical performances of small ensembles to LFPL family audiences at Louisville metro branches, the LO will reach more children and meet the growing need for more equitable access to quality family opportunities in the area of ​​education. ‘Performing Arts.

Understanding the benefits of music for the young brain, the orchestra has high hopes for these shows. “We are keenly aware of the benefits that participating in musical activities has for children and hope to inspire and nurture the love of music in all young people in our community,” said O’Hare.

Performances are scheduled in 17 libraries from November 13 through April 2022. A list of programs can be found below and here. Reservations are not required and all ages are welcome. Please follow the protocols in place in your library which currently include all persons required to wear masks.

Program “Once upon a time there was an orchestra”

November 13 at 2 p.m. – Jeffersontown Library, 10635 Watterson Trail

November 14 at 2 p.m. – Main Library, 301 York Street

November 16 at 6 p.m. – St. Matthews-Eline Library, 3940 Grandview Ave.

November 18 at 7 p.m. – Iroquois Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Ave.

November 20 at 2 p.m. – Newberg Library, 4800 Exeter Ave.

Dec 8 at 6 p.m. – Northeast Regional Library, 15, cercle Bellevoir

December 20 at 2 p.m. – Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Ave.

Dec 21 at 2 p.m. – Regional Library of the South-West, 9725 Dixie Road

January 13 at 10:15 am – Shively Library, 3920 Dixie Highway

February 1 at 4 p.m. – Western Library, 604 South Tenth St.

February 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Fairdale Library, 10620 W. Manslick Road

February 22 at 2 p.m. – Middletown Library, 12556 Shelbyville Road

February 22 at 7 p.m. – Shawnee Library, 3912 West Broadway

April 4 at 2 p.m. – Highlands-Shelby Park Library, 1250 Bardstown Road # 4

April 6 at 2 p.m. – Bon Air library, 2816 Place Del Rio

April at 2 p.m. – South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Boulevard

April 7 at 6 p.m. – Portland Library, 3305 NW Parkway

Important version information:

Additional program information is available. Contact Louisville Orchestra Education and Community Director Sarah Lempke O’Hare at 502.587.8681 or the Louisville Free Public Library


Where are the wild things: in music and in color
Take part in a musical retelling of the famous children’s story of Where the wild things Are by Maurice Sendak. Members of the audience will be invited to draw with the story, letting the music inspire their own frame of the story.

The adventure of the tale
Music captures many feelings and moods. Using classic themes and variations, audiences will create a story with musicians from the Louisville Orchestra inspired by what the music makes you feel. The characters come to life by combining music and interactive and collaborative storytelling.

Musician friends from all over the world
Sharing music and stories from different cultures, musicians share personal stories related to their homeland: Alaska, Puerto Rico and Holland!

Pierre and the Wolf
Meet instruments from the woodwind family and hear the classic story of Peter and the Wolf. The audience will help play the characters of the story in this condensed version of the tale.

Michael Finney and the Magic Songbook
Join a string quartet on an original narrative adventure with fairies and elves as they attempt to outwit an evil dragon and save the day with a magical songbook. The audience will learn the melody and rhythm to help tell the magical story.

Trip to the musical zoo
A string quintet takes you on a musical journey through a zoo with the famous Carnival animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. The public will not only enjoy the trip, but also have fun playing the role of the animals!

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