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I am thrilled to have recently wrapped up my first 100 days as Executive Director. I am mindful that I am responsible for the management of a treasured institution. What we do at Inside the Orchestra is simply magical and as the only professional orchestra in the world exclusively focused on programming for young people, Inside the …

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Inside the Orchestra is Roaring Back in Celebration of Modern Music and Wonder

Assemble the big band and cue the saxophones, we’re roaring back to the era of jazz  during this year’s Inside the Orchestra fundraising event. A celebration of modern music and wonder, join us Friday, June 16, 5:30-10 p.m., at Mile High Station (2027 W. Colfax Ave.), for food, drink and entertainment presented by our very …

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March Showers Bring Spring Flowers and Sounds by Louise Farrenc

As spring settles in, snow begins to melt, and seasonal rain collects in riverbeds and on sidewalks, the Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello harmonize to deliver the sounds of French Composer, Virtuoso Pianist, Teacher, and Equality Crusader, Louise Farrenc’s (1804-1875) Trio. Grab your rain boots and swim gear as we pretend to wade through a …

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Ocean Folklore, Feminine Sounds of France To Celebrate Women’s History Month

We’re bringing folklore right to your living room with visions of mythical mermaids, mermen, and water-play summoned by French Composer, Vocalist, Pianist, and Performer, Cécile Chaminade’s (1857–1944) L’Ondine. A song of ocean life and graceful movements through the water, L’Ondine is playfully produced by whimsical woodwind sounds of the Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon.  Making …

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Oct. 20, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Shelby Mattingly 303-355-7855 shelby@insidetheorchestra.org NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANT AWARDED TO INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA DENVER –The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is awarding Inside the Orchestra (IO) with an Arts Engagement in the Community award, which includes a $10,000 grant. “The arts make communities more vibrant …

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Opera for Kids: Opera Conducting, Puzzle, Mad Libs, & Music

About Opera Conducting Opera Puzzle Conductor Steven explains that one of the main differences between conducting an orchestra and conducting an opera is all the different parts that have to come together in a performance. This puzzle is a fun way to visualize many of the things that have to join perfectly in order to …

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Music From Around the World Part Two

Let’s explore music and arts from Japan, Australia, India, and the United States. Check out Music From Around the World Part 1 here. Japan Shojoji is a Japanese nursery rhyme about a hungry raccoon-dog, called a tanuki. In the song, the tanuki taps on its belly like a drum. At Tiny Tots, we featured the …

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Time to Drum!

Percussion Videos Watch as percussionist Peter Cooper tells you about the percussion instruments in the orchestra. Percussion Activities for Babies – Preschool Pom Pom Drum Painting This is a fun activity to involve your littlest ones in both music and art-making at the same time! This tutorial makes drum sticks out of pom-poms and wooden …

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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!

Thank you to Abner Genece for reading us this fun story. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! is a delightful story about the instruments of the orchestra that includes some simple musical math. Watch and Listen Musical Math for Toddlers through Elementary Toddlers through Preschool Basic counting is an important part of music. Use this simple, …

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Music High and Low

Watch and Listen Woodwind musician Kathryn Simpson shows off some of the high and low note sounds in the woodwind section using her Piccolo and English Horn. Watch a silly straw trick to see how the length of a tube changes the pitch of sound, listen to a beautiful English Horn melody, and then end …

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Inside the Story: Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Story Time: Watch and Listen Teaching artist Abner Genece Reads us Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. Zoo Animal Song Babies to Elementary School One of the reasons we love children’s songs is that the lyrics can be so adaptable to fit any theme or subject. We suggest adapting “The Wheels on the …

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Theatre Games for All Ages

Teaching Artist Heather Hughes has put together a great list of fun theatre games for us. We’ve included a suggested age range for each game. However, the point of theatre games like this is to get people out of their comfort zone and to become comfortable with being uncomfortable and silly, so you can really …

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