Symphony events aimed at children

Vancouver Island Symphony musicians participate in events to inspire young people to pursue music

Prior to Last Night of the Proms, the Vancouver Island Symphony’s concert on Saturday (Nov. 19), the musicians participate in a series of free events to inspire young people to pursue music.

Children six years and older, families and the general public are welcome to come and find out about the NoteworthyKids Music Club, meet musicians, play instruments, ask questions and sit in on a rehearsal.

Tickets are free but must be reserved through the Port Theatre ticket centre.

The day opens with the musical instrument zoo at 11 a.m., where symphony musicians help young people play everything from a flute, to a trumpet, bassoon, French horn, violin, cello, bass and percussion.

Cellist and NoteworthyKids artistic director Joel Stobbe leads children’s club activities at 11:45 a.m., featuring the symphony’s artistic director Pierre Simard, who also has three young children.

The day wraps up with an open rehearsal of the symphony, beginning at 12:30 p.m., as guest conductor Richard Rosenberg leads the symphony and guest artists in preparation for the evening’s concert.

To reserve a ticket, please call the Port Theatre at 250-754-8550.