Mini Maestros is an informal concert series specially created for children ages 2 to 8 that offers an interactive, close encounter with Symphony Tacoma musicians and their instruments. Educators introduce the instruments and explain musical concepts as musicians play a selection of songs to get kids singing, dancing, marching and clapping along.
Each concert highlights a different instrument family–strings, brass and percussion. The first three concerts include an Instrument Petting Zoo beginning at 1:30 pm. Kids can touch and play the instruments with the help of musicians, providing them a true hands-on experience.
The season finale, Peter and the Wolf, brings all the elements of the previous concerts together with the entire orchestra performing under the baton of Symphony Tacoma Music Director Sarah Ioannides.
All concerts are held on Sundays at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall. Concert time is 2:30 pm, with the instrument petting zoo beginning at 1:30 pm.
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Season passes are $22 children | $32 adults and are only available by calling the box office at 253-591-5894.
January 12: Fiddler on the Hoof
Featuring the String Quintet
Join the Symphony Tacoma String Quintet for an inside look into the string family! This concert’s music includes Copland’s Hoe-down, Rossini’s William Tell Overture (the Lone Ranger theme), Home on the Range, and more. Come dressed in your best western gear!
February 9: Jungle Jams
Featuring the Brass Quintet
Jungle Jams will take your little adventurers into the deep, dark jungle! They’ll learn how instruments can sound like animals and about high and low sounds. Little jaguars and toucans welcome!
March 8: Wacky, Wild World of Percussion
Featuring the Percussion Quartet
Everyone loves percussion — especially kids! Take a whirlwind tour of the percussion family with the Symphony Tacoma Percussion Quartet! Musical selections include favorites from the Pink Panther, the story of “Mr. Brown Can Moo” and more!
April 19: Peter and the Wolf
Featuring the Full Orchestra
Sarah Ioannides, conductor | Jim Brown, narrator
Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 classic Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have when a wolf comes through the garden gate. This marvelous work introduces the different instruments in the orchestra, with each character portrayed by a different instrument or group of instruments. Note: No instrument petting zoo for this performance.