Pupils to enjoy ‘instrumental petting zoo’

Pupils to enjoy ‘instrumental petting zoo’

For immediate release: Oct. 3, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Nearly 900 area elementary school students will learn about orchestral instruments during the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Community Orchestra’s annual Young Persons Concert Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Along with the instrumental lesson, the orchestra will perform a concert for the young students. Seating for the concert also is available to the public free of charge; however, reservations are requested for large groups.

The elementary school students will come from schools in the Bloomsburg, Berwick, Millville, Weatherly, Benton and Huntington Mills areas.

“It’s a great educational mission for the kids,” orchestra conductor Mark Jelinek said. “They get to see all of the individual orchestral instruments in an instrumental petting zoo. We demonstrate how each instrument sounds and works.”

The theme for this year’s concert is “A Day at the Opera” featuring pieces by classical artists Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet and Jacques Offenbach. The concert will also spotlight BU student vocalists, all seniors, Michael Adams, Sinking Spring; Jenna Hyatt, Catawissa; Theresa Rowello, Danville; and Jennifer Stahley, Lewisburg.

“It’s a good experience for the university students, as well,” Jelinek said. “This is a common type of orchestral concert. It’s good for the students to get a feel for how these things are run so they can do it with other orchestras in the future.”

For more information on the concert or to reserve tickets for a group, call Eileen Hower at (570) 389-4293.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.