January Newsletter
Less than two weeks away!
  • Featured dancers from Kim Robards Dance
  • New musical selections - a completely new repertoire from the fall programs. 
  • New instrument: come check out the harp!
  • Tickets purchased for History Colorado and Wildlife Experience programs also get you access to the museums on those days.
A Word from Tom
Tom Jensen

This season is the time of discovery for Tiny Tots audiences.  Last fall we introduced attendees to the contra bassoon-- the granddaddy of the double reed family. This winter we will bring in Don Hilsberg and his large concert grand harp-- can you guess which orchestral family (winds, brass, percussion, and strings) to which the harp belongs? (The answer is in the fourth paragraph).
The repertoire that will feature the harp will be drawn from Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Arnold, and (John) Williams.  Many times one will be able to easily hear the harpist's part as the glissandi are so pronounced. Other times, the instrument will be enveloped in the full orchestration; giving punch to chords but not standing out by itself.
Mr. Hilsberg will perform a solo piece at some point so kids will have no problem defining its unique sound.
So...the harp is part of which family of instruments? Do you give up? Truth be told, it's a bit of a trick question.  One might think the string section, as the harp is plucked and has strings.  But, in fact, because of its shape, and the fact that the design mimics the inside of a piano, the harp is included in the percussion section!
The Activity Corner 
Look here for fun music-related activities

Are you and your family getting tired of singing the same songs over and over again? Check out this directory of more than 150 children's songs, organized by theme, to replace some of your well-worn melodies.

At our concerts, we use dance pieces to show our audiences what
Drawing Music
music might look like. A way to do this at home with your children is to have them draw to music! Bring out your kids' craft supplies, pick your favorite piece of music, and have them draw a picture based on what they hear. And make sure they explain it to you in the end!
From the Executive Director
Shelby Mattingly
We have so much to tell you about! We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of our programs with a truly sensational set of concerts for kids and our an equally sensational signature event for adults.

Now that the Broncos are in the Super Bowl, we are even more excited to welcome former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers, who will be helping us "kick off" the Tiny Tots series by guest conducting a piece in of music in the 9:30 program at Temple Emanuel on February 10th, just three days after the big game. 

We also have a lot of other fun activities  for Tiny Tots - kids will get a chance to color their own conductors before the concert that they can take home. And Neighborhood Music Stapleton will have instrument petting zoos at the February 10th and February 22nd concerts. 

And for the adults out there - you won't want to miss our Inside the Orchestra for Adults event on March 10th.  We are so thrilled to be joined by Ratio Beerworks and Call to Arms Brewery, who will be pouring beer all night.  Thrillist just ranked them #1 and #3 in "The Best New Denver Breweries, Ranked by Experts." Y.Lo Epicure, voted Denver A-List best caterer, will be providing the fantastic food again this year. There will be a fantastic performance by the Tiny Tots orchestra, and you will have the opportunity to check out the instruments and planes yourself. 

Come out to laugh, dance, and help us celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Shelby Mattingly
Did you know?
Fun Musical Facts                 
Oldest piece of music
The oldest piece of music ever discovered is over 3400 years old. It was written on a clay tablet in ancient Cuniform script. Listen to this arrangement of the piece to hear what sort of music people were jamming to thousands of years ago.
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We can't wait to premier the harp at Tiny Tots - so, while we wait, check out this amazing electroacoustic harp performance of "Don't You Worry Child." Harpist Lara Somogyi uses old-school pedals and loops to create one-of-a-kind covers of modern pop hits.
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