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Beautiful Winter Scenes in Classical Music

12/19/2017 | Sara

Winter is upon us, with all of it snowy landscapes and frostbit mornings. For centuries, composers have been inspired by the beauty of the season. From depicting snow covered trees to portraying the sounds of the frozen tundra, here are five pieces that will remind you of your favorite parts... Read More

Crazy “Instruments” Used in Orchestra Music

12/18/2017 | Sara

If you joined us at our Christmas Tiny Tots performances on December 2nd, you got to see the orchestra perform the “Toy Symphony” composed by Leopold Mozart, the more famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father. As the name suggests, it features some interesting toys with the orchestra including slide whistles, bird... Read More

10 Holiday Music Gifts for Kids

12/12/2017 | Kate Huffman

Have some last-minute shopping to do for your little one this holiday season? Want to support their love of music? Check out our list of ten holiday music gifts for ideas for your children! 1. Harry Potter Music Box   This charming little music box is hand-carved and plays Hedwig’s... Read More

6 Musical Holiday Activities for Children and Families

11/27/2017 | Kate Huffman

No matter what you celebrate, this time of year can come with a lot of stress - what food to cook, who will be coming over and when, what presents to buy, etc. With so many things to focus on, it can be easy to lose sight of the things... Read More

10/10/2017 | Jean Plotkin

The other day, I came across a heart-warming story about a young boy who wanted to become an opera singer. The boy grew up in a trailer park in Virginia, a disadvantaged black youth prone to violence and aggression. He spent time in a juvenile detention facility when he was 12,... Read More

10/3/2017 | Sara

There is so much going on in the world today that is very difficult. Children can be just as affected as adults by stress and anxiety. We wanted to create a follow-up to our Music as Stress Management blog post from last December, sharing ways in which music can calm... Read More

Help Your Family, Help Yourself

3/15/2017 | Jean Plotkin

  As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. This is especially true for parents. Practicing self-care and taking some time for off from parenting—for a few hours or even just for a few minutes—can go a long way toward improving your physical and mental health. It... Read More

Arts Education & Equitable Opportunity

3/13/2017 | Meridith Burrows

Take a minute to reflect on all of the wonderful ways that music and the arts benefit you. You can listen to a beautiful melody on a tough day or belt out a song at the top of your lungs to let off steam. You can lose yourself completely in an interpretive... Read More

By the Numbers

3/10/2017 | Kate Huffman

Music and art lovers can tell you how good listening to a favorite piece of music can make them feel, or how fun it is to enjoy a concert with friends and family. Inside the Orchestra knows that music and the arts are important for a number of reasons and... Read More

Why Young Professionals Should Attend Inside the Orchestra for Adults 2017

2/15/2017 | Jean Plotkin

The first fundraiser gala I ever attended was last year’s Inside the Orchestra for Adults. I had always pictured fundraisers as lavish, black-tie affairs, where rich, successful people spent thousands of dollars on tickets and then enjoyed an evening of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and overpriced auction items. I’d always thought... Read More

Music Resources

2/7/2017 | Shelby

When giving children access to screen time, it can be hard to find the right apps or sites for them to use that will be fun and educational. We have some suggestions for websites you can visit that will engage the little ones in your life with music in just... Read More

Music to Get Rid of the Winter Doldrums

2/2/2017 | Sara

Welcome to February! We’re solidly in midst of winter now with lots of cloudy days and cold temperatures that keep us all indoors. Winter can be beautiful (especially in Colorado with the magnificent Rocky Mountains), but for many of us it will only be a matter of weeks until we’re... Read More

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