PGSO kids show to bring on the beat

It might sound like a hockey game over the Prince George Symphony Orchestra concert this afternoon. It is all about crashing and banging.

The city's symphony orchestra is presenting Hide & Seek, a show especially for kids and especially about the instruments that shake, rattle and roll.

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"This is all about percussion," said PGSO timpani player (that's their big thunder drum) Barbara Parker, who is a experienced as an ensemble director, conductor and music teacher.

"What we want the kids and their families to learn is what percussion instruments are, and they aren't always what comes to mind right away," said Parker.

"They are all the instruments you hit to create rhythm, sound effects, even melody sometimes, and sometimes musicians will find unusual objects to use as percussion instruments."

Parker said the show has been assembled as a set of skits, song snippets and familiar selections of music that will easily engage the kids and feel energetic and fast-paced from beginning to end.

It will also be visually pleasing for the kids, because percussion instruments are often interesting to the eye, especially when they are gadgets and innovations used for rhythmic sound.

"This is the first of three kids concerts this year," Parker said.

"The next one will be in January. It's called String Beans and it's all about strings and woodwinds, told through a great garden story.

"There will be another kinderconcert in April for brass instruments, and it will be Captain Klein's Next Adventure because the kids first met Captain Klein last year when they went to the moon with him at a kid's concert."

Tickets to see Hide & Seek are going fast. The concert happens at the Prince George Playhouse at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are for sale online at the PGSO website (look under the Concerts & Events tab, then click the KinderConcert button) or at the door while supplies last. Prices are approximately $25 for adult, $22 for seniors, $14 for students and free for kids under three years old.

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