Concert for young children scheduled for Saturday

The Musical Journeys Program of the Fredonia School of Music begins its eighth season of free concerts designed to appeal to very young children (infant through 6 years old). Selected student ensembles from the Fredonia School of Music will perform half-hour children’s concerts on four Saturday mornings.

The first concert will be Saturday, Oct. 5 in Darwin R. Barker Library, 7 Day St. in Fredonia and will feature a trio of percussion students from: Alec Dube from Niagara Falls, Anne Leue from Albany and Daniel Gillen from Commack. The trio will perform at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m.

There will be three other concerts in the series. Details, such as site and type of concert, are being finalized.

Planned with the help of SUNY Fredonia faculty who are experts in both music and education, the concerts introduce youngsters to musical instruments. To create a 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.

“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.”