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OCU Wind Philharmonic Hosts Annual Instrumental Petting Zoo
The musicians of the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic are hosting their ninth annual instrumental petting zoos and children's concerts Tuesday, April 27. Performances are 10:15 a.m., noon, and 8 p.m. in Petree Recital Hall. The petting zoos will be held in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center after the first two concerts. We want to inspire young musicians to begin instrumental studies by playing music for them and introducing them to instruments, said Dr. Matthew Mailman, professor of conducting and director of the Wind Philharmonic. Its a fun way to try out different instruments, hear what they sound like and see how trained musicians play them. Hundreds of students from area elementary and middle schools are expected at the event, which will feature "Commando March" by Samuel Barber, "Paris Sketches" by Martin Ellerby, "Molly on the Shore" by Percy Grainger, and "Amparito Roca" by Jaime Texidor Dalmau. It's a wonderful thing for our students in the Wind Philharmonic to interact with potential young musicians who represent our future," Mailman said. "Being able to give musical inspiration to them is a rare opportunity that we are able to provide for our Bass School students. The educational value of the children's concerts is not just for the younger kids." For more information on the event, contact