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posted: 2/22/2013 12:01 AM

'Children's Concert' in Aurora offers kids music, stories and chance to wave the baton

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Submitted by Fox Valley Academy of Music

The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maryann Flock, will present a special "Children's Concert" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The free concert will feature a performance of the Ravel classic, "Mother Goose Suite," with stories told by Virginia Pebelske, "Mz. Ginger" Traveling Storytime and Stories-in-the-Park Librarian for the Aurora Public Library. Among other favorites on the program is the Children's March by Australian born composer, Percy Grainger. Both works continue to have wide appeal to young and old alike.

There will be an opportunity for children to have a brief stint conducting the orchestra in a march from Mozart's opera, "Cosi fan tutte."

During the intermission, there will be an "Instrument Petting Zoo" where children can try playing various orchestral instruments. This concert is programmed especially for children, but guarantees enjoyment for all.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are appreciated. The children's concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Place, Aurora. There is plenty of parking space in the lot behind the church, accessible from Garfield Avenue.

This concert is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, visit or call (630) 476-9072.