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Annual Free Family Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo


Details for the June 2, 2018 family concert program will be announced in February.

Tunes, Tales, and Tricksters

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2 PM
Weld Hall at Hyde Park Branch Library
35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Admission: FREE, no tickets required
Free Parking, Stroller accessible, Appropriate for all ages!

Can music tell a tale? Join us for an afternoon of classical music inspired by elements of storytelling, from narrative and setting to characters and dialogue, with works by Mozart, Strauss, Somei Satoh, Karim Al-Zand, and others. A crafty trickster comes to life, drums tell stories from Polynesian folklore, and a viola sings a lullaby. After the concert, drum with the Chameleons and try out their instruments.

*Please note: in case of rain, the instrument "petting zoo" will take place indoors in the Children's Library on the ground floor.

instrument petting zoo

An instrument “Petting Zoo” and demonstration will follow the performance in the Library's outdoor children's garden*. Children will be able handle and play orchestral instruments as guided by members of Chameleon, and will be encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow, and strike.

Sponsored by: Needham Music & Dance

selections from:

  • Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks for violin, bass, clarinet, bassoon & French horn
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, G Major Duo for violin & viola
  • Michael Colgrass, Te Tuma Te Papa for solo percussion 
  • Reinhold Gliere, Lullaby for viola & double bass 
  • Somei Satoh, Bird in Warped Time for violin & vibraphone 
  • Karim Al-Zand, Character Pieces for viola & bassoon 
  • Hans Spencer, The Air of Mystery for ensemble & kids


Eunae Koh, violin
Scott Woolweaver, viola
Erik Higgins, double bass
Gary Gorczyca, clarinet

Sally Merriman, bassoon
Eli Epstein, French horn
William Manley, percussion
Hans Spencer, teacher & host

about Chameleon's music education program

Our programs are designed to actively connect music with our world, our lives and our emotions, rather than simply introducing kids to Mozart, Beethoven and the classical historical context. We challenge them to find something personal in the music - how it makes them feel - and connect them to the process of creating and enjoying music. It includes interactive concerts and instrument demonstrations along with a series of in-class workshops for students in grades 3-5 from the Boston Public Schools.

children's concert

instrument petting zoo

Photos by Ashworth Photography

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