Firelands Symphony to perform at Ernsthausen

Cary Ashby • Feb 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Children will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra through the wild kingdom during an upcoming concert in Norwalk. Youngsters also will see dancers who will enhance that musical experience.

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra and Neos Dance Theatre will perform at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center at Norwalk High School during a family-friendly concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Come early at 3 to make your own animal mask.

“We encourage families to bring children of all ages,” said Laurie Korobkin, executive director of the symphony. “Wear your most beautiful or most ferocious animal costume and join in the carnival fun. You’ll also have a chance to pet a live rabbit and enter our stuffed animal raffle.”

General-admission tickets for the Feb. 25 concert are $5 per person and are available for purchase at www.firelandssymphony.com by clicking on the red “buy tickets now” button. You also may purchase tickets on the day of the event in the lobby, using cash or credit cards.

“This is fun for the whole family for a reasonable price,” said Korobkin, who hopes the event will enrich not just children’s lives, but also their family’s. “We want it to be as fun as possible.”

Korobkin said the symphony wanted to make the event as reasonably priced as possible, so children can experience a “full orchestra concert” with their relatives.

“This is being generously sponsored by Geotrac Foundation. Geotrac Foundation funds all our music education engagement in Huron County,” she added.

Music educator and symphony flutist and piccolo player Jody Chaffee regularly goes to schools, where students affectionately call her “the music lady” or “Miss Jody.” Korobkin said the concert is an opportunity for children to have a musical experience out of the classroom and see someone they know perform.

The program includes the “Theme from ‘Star Wars’” by John Williams; “Hoedown” from “Rodeo" by Aaron Copland; “Medley from ‘Beauty and the Beast’” by Alan Menken; and “Aesop's Fables” by Anthony Plog. Five guest dancers from the Neos Dance Theatre will perform during “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens and “Hoedown.” 

Neos Dance Theatre, according to the symphony website, “is the most up and coming company in Northeast Ohio serving communities all over the state and beyond.” It has branches in Mansfield, Oberlin and Akron. For more information, go to www.neosdancetheatre.org.

“Carl (Topilow) has worked with them a lot,” said Korobkin, referring to the symphony conductor.

The dancers again will perform with the Firelands Symphony during the March 10 classical performance called “Let’s Dance.”

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