Niagara Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo workshop will be
at The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival in the Marquis Event Tent
Saturday 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Try a trombone or give the flute a flutter! The Niagara Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo is the perfect place for children (or adults) to try out an instrument for the very first time! Anyone can experience orchestral instruments – from strings and brass to woodwinds and the percussion section – in a casual, hands-on environment, with guided instruction by members of the Niagara Symphony and Niagara Youth Orchestra who are able to demonstrate proper techniques for plucking strings, buzzing, and bowing.

The relaxed atmosphere of the Petting Zoo allows for experimentation and exploration with a number of different instruments in a casual setting. By putting instruments into the hands of young people, we hope to inspire a love of music in the next generation!

A cultural treasure for seven decades, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is a professional orchestra of over 50 musicians providing classical and contemporary orchestral music to more than 12,000 residents of the Niagara Region annually.

This season, the NSO presents 21 concerts in three distinct series: Masterworks, POPS! and Classical Family. The NSO proudly showcases top national and international guest artists bringing the stars of the world to the stages of Niagara.

In the fall of 2010, the NSO welcomed Bradley Thachuk as the eighth Music Director. Maestro Thachuk leads the orchestra on the stages of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The NSO is also a leader in music education, offering programmes to inspire and nurture a life-long love of music in Niagara’s citizens. Summer Music Camp, NSO Story String Quartet, the Youth Club and The Academy at Summer Music Camp give students the opportunity to explore and make music.

Our Spotlight On! programme showcases student ensembles in the lobby during NSO performances. A registered not-for-profit arts organization, the NSO receives support from individual donors, corporate sponsors and federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments, all of whom recognize the vital role the creative arts play in a developing and sustaining a thriving community.