About 300 people went on a musical safari Sunday afternoon at the Redlands Symphony’s annual OrKIDstra Family Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo.
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands was the destination for the event, which featured the music of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals.”
The annual event invites families and children of all ages to spend an afternoon immersed in the world of music with the hopes of inspiring a new generation of musicians, explained Paul Ideker, president and CEO of the Redlands Symphony.
“We love this,” he said. “It’s a treat to see moms and dads, aunts and uncles, and grandpas and grandmas with their kids.”
Co Nguyen served as the concert’s conductor, while symphony volunteers and musicians provided a hands-on lesson to the youngsters eager to get their hands on various instruments.
Asher Homa, 6, of Hemet was one of them.
“We want our kids to get more cultured with music, and this was a good opportunity for them,” said his mom, Leslie, whose older son, Liam, 7, and a friend also accompanied her. “We’ve been talking about having them play an instrument. My oldest wants to play the flute, and my youngest wants to play the piano.”
Sunday’s event was made possible through a partnership between the symphony and U of R and its School of Music.
Fruit and other snacks were made possible thanks to a donation by Clark’s Nutrition and Natural Foods Market and the Loma Linda Market.