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Kids’ Classics: Hoedown

GET YOUR DANCING BOOTS and cowboy getups ready… Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) brings the fun with the first Kids’ Classics concert for 2020. We caught up with Tara Murphy, DSO’s Concertmaster and Outreach/Education Officer, for a chat.

What inspired you to put on a hoedown?
I think any chance for kids to get to move and feel free is important, especially now with everything that’s happened this year, and we’d like to facilitate that.

Now that I have my own little one, who is about one-year-old and starting to move for the first time, it just reaffirms how important movement and music is.

What tunes can we expect to hear?
It’s a little bit country and western, really. There’s nothing specific, no famous ‘hoedowny’ classical pieces, just good tunes – and all the kids can get dressed up if they want to.

What’s fantastic is that musicians from our Young Artists program are performing in this concert, which is made up of really dedicated and passionate young musicians from the community. They range from 13 to 18-years-old, so it’s like the young inspiring the younger.

Why is a classical program for kids so important?
We’re so used to being spoon-fed information these days, and the songs we listen to on the radio – that we all listen to – spoon-feed meaning. Concerts like this give little ones the opportunity to use their imagination and to give their own meanings. It’s a different way of engaging with music.

This year there are two Kids’ Classics performances, and at the end of the year we have our Family Proms concert with all DSO musicians. Kids’ Classics is a smaller ensemble, specifically programmed for children.

We’re basically encouraging the kids to get up and have a boogie. Their parents, too – when they get up and join in the fun, it makes for the best photos!

Kids' Classics: Hoedown - Ludmilla
WHEN SAT 5 SEP | 9.30-10.30AM & 11AM-12PM
COST $10 | $5 CHILD | $25 FAMILY

Kids' Classics Hoedown - Batchelor


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