What a treat! My family just returned from a GR Symphony’s Lollipop concert and we loved it! I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but have you ever seen it as a ballet with music, or with dancing pigs, goats in overalls or a “Little Red” who uses a cell phone? This kind of innovative twist on an old classic is what makes Lollipops concerts fun for all ages. Add to it that the performance was a collaboration between the GR Symphony and GR Ballet Company and you can see why we were thrilled.
This $5/ticket concert was typical of other Lollipops events in another way. Before the program begins, the audience is given a visual tour of the symphony parts. Each instrument family is dressed in different color shirts and they are introduced by the types of sound their instruments make. The Associate Conductor, John Varineau, did a wonderful job keeping the kids entertained by having them to shout out answers to his questions. Today, during a pre-show chat, the Harpest told the children that there are 47 strings on her instrument and that she tunes each of them before the show. How cool that we were being educated while being entertained!
If you missed this production don’t worry… there are more Lollipops concerts to come. Watch our website for ticket giveaways or order tickets at grsymphony.org for these upcoming shows: Wacky Way Out Instruments on Feb. 26 and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham on March 17.
Have you ever been to a Lollipops Concert? How was it?