OPRO performs for families

OPRO members, left to right, Conductor Neil Schermerhorn, Marc Marceau, trombone; Edwin Mosio, violin. Reminder Publications submitted photo
Old Post Road Orchestra, under conductor Neal Schermerhorn, will perform a free concert on Friday evening, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Memorial School, 310 Main St., Wilbraham.

This unique performance, the theme of which is "Movement and Dance," will be geared toward younger folks and their parents, offering them the opportunity to observe, listen to and enjoy the various sounds of live orchestra music. Invitations are also extended to all music lovers.

Various activities, such as a "petting zoo," where children can see, touch and play various instruments, will begin at 6:30. Arts and crafts pertaining to music will also be offered. Members of the Minnechaug Key Club will be assisting with the activities.

P.T.O.'s from Memorial School, Soule Road School and Stony Hill School will be offering a raffle consisting of an "Adult Music Basket" and a "Children's Music Basket".

The program will include the lively "Russian Sailor's Dance," by Reinhold Gliere and arranged by Mele J. Isaac; Leroy Anderson's "Blue Tango," "Lightning Polka," by Johann Strauss; Jacques Offenbach's "Orpheum In The Underworld," Richard Rodgers "Victory at Sea," plus several other pieces expressing the theme "movement and dance."

Old Post Road Orchestra, which is based in Wilbraham, and rehearses at Stony Hill School, has provided free children's concerts in various communities for several years. This is a yearly program that members of the orchestra feel will benefit children of all ages.

For info, call 596-9732, or visit the web site at http://www.opro.org.