The next in a series of concerts provided by the Musical Journeys Program of SUNY Fredonia School of Music will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Avenue, Dunkirk.
Two performances will be held, one at 10:30 a.m and one at 11:30 a.m.
The concerts are designed to appeal to very young children.
A bassoon quartet is set to perform at the Dunkirk Free Library at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 Left to right: Jackie Ellmauer, Leah Cripps, Erin Haynes, Marisa Esposito, students at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music.
Planned with the help of SUNY Fredonia faculty who are experts in music and education, the concerts introduce very young audiences (from infants to 6-year-olds) to musical instruments.
In this child-friendly environment, performers will invite the children to sit on the floor close to the musicians; family members are encouraged to bring blankets or carpet squares to sit on. Strollers can be parked around the edges of the seating area.
"It's wonderful to see the musical relationship between the children and the college student performers develop as the concert progresses. The musicians are sharing music they love, and the children certainly respond to that," said Sarah Hamilton, associate professor of oboe and co-organizer.
A bassoon quartet will perform at this concert. The musicians are Fredonia School of Music students Jacqueline Ellmauer (Youngsville), Erin Haynes (Buffalo), Leah Cripps (Central Square, and Marisa Esposito (Massapequa Park).
"The Children's Concerts are enjoyable, child-appropriate opportunities for very young children to interact with music and musicians. For the young audience and the performers, music becomes a playmate to join in a thrilling adventure." said Jill Reese, assistant professor of music and co-organizer at the Fredonia School of Music. "During these events, learning and teaching among the children and the student musicians is mutual: children learn about music through moving, listening, and creating, and our student musicians learn to engage young imaginations and ignite new musical passions."
More information about this concert series is available www.fredonia.edu/music/community/ccs.asp or by calling 673-4628.