April Newsletter
Starts Tomorrow!
Spring Tiny Tots 
Programs at 9:30 and 10:45 AM each day
  • Tuesday, April 12th: East Boulder Community Center
  • Thursday, April 14th: Commerce City Recreation Center
  • Tuesday, April 19th: Temple Emanuel
  • Monday, April 25th: The Wildlife Experience (museum entry included)
  • Saturday, May 14th: Denver School of Science of Technology
Highlights from the spring series:
  • First Time ever in Boulder - join us at the East Boulder Community Center Tuesday, April 12th.
  • Featured dancers from Hannah Kahn Dance Company
  • New musical selections - a completely new repertoire from the fall and winter programs. 
  • New instrument: come check out the piccolo trumpet and piccolo flute!
  • Tickets purchased for The Wildlife Experience programs also get you access to the museums on those days.
First Ever Family Music Fest!
Saturday, May 14th 


We are thrilled to announce our first ever Family Music Fest, which we are offering in partnership with Neighborhood Music Stapleton and Central City Opera. It will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 9:30AM - 3:30PM and you are invited!

Schedule of Events
  • All Day: Fun for the whole family
  • 9:30 and 10:45AM: Tiny Tots programs
  • 10:45 - 1:15: 
    • Opera Photo Booth
    • Music Lessons
    • Costume Station
    • Bounce House & Carnival Games
    • Food
    • Sessions on art, music, dance, and more
  • 1:15PM: Central City Opera takes the stage for performance
Join us for Tiny Tots or stay the whole day - the choice is up to you. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

A Word from Tom

This picture of Leonard Bernstein conducting the
Israel  Philharmonic Orchestra holds a special place for me. The photograph is from 1950, where a young maestro is engaged in performing outdoors to Israeli soldiers-- the event was commemorating the orchestra's 70th anniversary.
I connect with it for some of the many same reasons you may have: Bernstein was a larger than life figure for me growing up - his Young People's Concerts were an inspiration; his ability to deconstruct music for children (and adults) made orchestral repertoire "cool;"  and his inventiveness in bringing classical music to venues atypical for that type of genre is what we at Inside the Orchestra do!

So, as I continue to reminisce about our 30 years of "insides" I think about all the places that we have turned into "concert halls."  We have performed in hospitals, automobile and RV showrooms, grocery stores (I did a 24 hour concert in a Colorado Springs King Soopers as a fund raising event-- next to a pile of tomatoes, no less!), rec centers, libraries, the Botanic Gardens, churches, temples, school gyms, cafeterias, auditoriums, museums, an airplane hangar, and in a shopping mall at Christmas!

And to think "Lenny" was doing the same thing on a rocky hillside 65 plus years ago-- with only the cello section having chairs to sit on!  Working with our wonderful Executive Director, staff, board, musicians and volunteers I feel that we, after 3 decades, are just beginning to realize our potential-- and like Leonard Bernstein we put the "out" in "outreach."  What a treat this has been and continues to be!!!
From the Executive Director

It's hard to believe that we are already planning for programs in the fall and winter of next year, but here we are! As we gear up for future programming, we are very interested in hearing from you about what you are looking for from Inside the Orchestra. If you would like to be part of one of our focus groups, please contact me and let me know.

We are so thrilled to be partnering with Neighborhood Music Stapleton for our first-ever Family Music Fest on May 14th. This is truly an event not to be missed - Tiny Tots concerts, informational booths, interactive activities, music lessons, bounce houses, food trucks - you  name it. You can come for one performance, stay for the day, or come and go. We will be adding more programming as we lead up to the date.

Spring Tiny Tots starts tomorrow and will be going strong over the coming weeks. Check out the dates and join us for all new music, dancing, singing, and more.

Shelby Mattingly
Did you know?
Fun Musical Facts                 
What is this, a violin for ants?
This spring, we're showcasing two tiny instruments at our Tiny Tots concerts: the piccolo trumpet and piccolo flute. These are not the world's smallest instruments however. The micronium, also known as the nano-violin, is the smallest audible instrument ever created. It is about 1/10th of the thickness of a human hair, and each string is less than a millimeter long. Skip to the 6 minute mark of  this video to hear a performance of the only piece of music composed for it, "Impromptu No. 1 for Micronium."
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The modern world is an assault on the attention spans of children. Studies have suggested that frequently watching television as a young child can have a permanent negative impact on attention span as an adults. Classical music, both through listening to it and performing it, can offer children an avenue for intense concentration and focus, reversing the negative impacts of constant digital stimulation.
Fun with Music

Two complete strangers perform improvised piano duet at a Paris train station.
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 We've all heard the old adage about April showers, so it's time to line up some     rainy day activities for the weeks to come. While you're inside, escaping drizzles, check out this awesome clickable image that shows you some of the great composers and links directly to their masterpieces. You'll find hours of excellent listening to keep both little and big ears happy.
 
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