Velociraptor Joins GSO for Family Concert Event

A fun way to expose your kids to classical music


Image courtesy of Greensboro Symphony Orchestra

Benefits of listening to classical music have been studied for years. Many agree that it can lower blood pressure and enhance mental alertness among other advantages. But what happens when you combine classical music with popular movie scores, pirates and princesses? 

According to the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO), doing so will result in swashbuckling, glittery fun for the whole family.

Pirates & Princesses Family Matinee on April 23 will feature music from popular hits like "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Frozen," while also providing a modern twist on classical repertoire, such as "Pirates of Penzance" and Tchaikovsky’s "Sleeping Beauty." Patrons are encouraged to come dressed in their best princess or pirate attire. 

Incorporating popular kids' tunes into a GSO concert with all the pageantry of costumed characters is, in my humble opinion, a creative way to introduce the youngest generation to classical music, orchestral instruments and a little culture. But some of you have youngsters that require a little more excitement. Bring them, too. Why? Spoiler alert: GSO plans to close its concert with the main theme from "Jurassic Park" accompanied by a life-sized velociraptor.

There is more to this family-friendly event. Pre-concert entertainment will be provided by students in the Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Program at Peck Elementary. In addition, the lobby will feature fun, age-appropriate games for children, including an instrument petting zoo provided by the Music Academy of North Carolina.

I'm not sure what studies would reveal, but I hypothesize exposure to this event will cause family bonding, a healthy dose of lifelong, happy memories and inspiration for unique, social media selfies that will garner many likes.

For more information, please visit the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at their website.

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