The Bloomington Symphony Heads ‘To Infinity And Beyond’

And before that downbeat a chance for kids to get their hands on the instruments.

conductor with baton

Photo: Bloomington Indiana Symphony

BSO conductor Charles Latshaw marks an entrance.

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To Infinity and Beyond

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra's meet the instruments and kids concert


College Mall, Bloomington, IN

December 10, 2011 meet at 2 p, concert at 3

Free

A lot of what we have to offer our children in this area comes from Indiana University and its students. This Saturday afternoon at College Mall, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is led by Jacobs School of Music student Charles Latshaw. The symphony’s education director is School of Public and Environmental Affairs student Emmalyn Helge.

Taking Away Any Fear About The Instruments

The BSO actually began more than forty years ago as a project of an earlier Jacobs School of Music student. It has continued as a fully integrated town-gown ensemble. They present To Infinity and Beyond, a chance for kids to get up close and personal with the instruments, beginning at two, with a concert at three. “The kids really do get a kick out of the chance to see, and even play, the instruments,” says Helge. “With the smaller instruments they can actually hold them and even try to make a sound. With the bigger ones, like a double bass or cello, there’s a chance to pluck or bow.”

Putting Some Of That Fear Back In

“For Infinity and Beyond we picked space music,” says Latshaw. “Holst’s The Planets was one obvious choice, and we also include music from Star Wars and Star Trek, but my favorite is a new piece Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space. It takes us back to those scary tense moments in movies of the 40s and 50s, before synthesizers took over. The audience will see how real instruments played those weird sounds.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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  • Donna Lafferty

    I’m really looking forward to this concert. Thanks for the great story and interview!

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