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Fall 2015 Tiny Tots
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Fall Season Highlights
  • Featured dancers from Hannah Kahn Dance Company
  • New musical selections - Fall 2015 concerts feature all new repertoire
  • New instruments: come check out the electric violin and the contrabassoon
Fall 2015 Schedule:
Programs at 9:30 and 10:45 AM each day

Monday, October 12th: Temple Emanuel
Monday, October 26th: Wildlife Experience (museum entry included)
Tiny Tots Feedback
Welcome back, Charlie!
Charlie Ortega

For those of you who came to Tiny Tots on September 12th, you may have gotten a chance to meet our tuba player, Charlie Ortega. We are thrilled that Charlie was able to join us for his first Tiny Tots concert in a year.

Charlie was in a serious car accident in January which left him in a coma - it was a question for many months as to whether he was going to be able to play again. "I was first having to learn how to sit up...from that point learning how to walk, learning how to navigate for myself...and then trying to pick up the horn again. Which is not easy--it's a big piece of equipment, and so I didn't know if I would be able to do that," Ortega said.  Learn more about Charlie's story and recovery here. 

"It is remarkable and nothing short of a miracle that Charlie was able to perform with ISO after his accident. The progress that he's made is astounding." - Conductor Tom.  Charlie's recovery and progress inspires us at ISO.   
Meet Our Intern: Paige

I am a junior at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a  major in Communication Studies, minors in Music and Graphic Design, and am pursuing a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership Development.  When I learned about the opportunity to intern in Denver for 10 weeks I knew this would be a great way for me to branch out and experience new things!  Inside the Orchestra has been a perfect fit for me because, as a musician, I know first-hand how important music education is.  I have been playing the cello for 13 years and the opportunities and experiences it has given me are ones I am going to cherish forever.  I feel so lucky to have the chance to intern with an organization that does such important and meaningful work and I am looking forward to what the rest of this time brings!  
The Activity Corner 
Look here for fun music-related activities

Musical Jenga
Check out this fun, musical take on a classic game: Jenga. The new school year is starting and your little students may just be a few weeks into their music lessons. Use Musical Jenga to teach them some music basics, including note names, dynamics, and rhythms. You can also adjust it to make it more challenging for your musically-advanced children.

Fall Leaves Song
A fun outdoor music activity for the little ones: "This simple little song is wonderful for speech development with all the repeated words and great for practicing diction and consonants.  Go and collect some beautiful autumn leaves and make some pretty fans to flutter along to the song." 
From the Executive Director
Shelby Mattingly

What a wonderful kick off to the fall series at McNichols on the 12th. Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for a morning of music, dance, and instrument exploration.


As you know, we are changing repertoire for the winter series, and will be changing again for the spring, and we are interested in hearing from you. We are starting focus groups for parents, grandparents and teachers of young children - you will be able to get a sneak peek of our upcoming programs, let us know what you think of programs you've seen, and submit your suggestions for songs you would like to see performed. If you are interested in being in one of the groups, please let me know by emailing me at or calling me at 303-355-7855.


For those of you who have feedback in general, I welcome you to email or call me as well. 


Of course, my favorite kind of feedback comes straight from the classrooms...

Boys & Girls Club at Johnson Elementary


Happy fall!


Shelby Mattingly

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Playing Mozart Piano Pieces as Mozart Did

"Music has one foot in physics and one foot in aesthetics," said Rolf Inge Godoy, a professor of musicology at the University of Oslo. "Body motion is essential for shaping the outcome of the sound, both in terms of what you actually hear and in terms of the visual impact on your audience."

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Artists often use their struggles as inspiration for their art, and Bach certainly lived up to that standard when he was thrown in jail for a month in 1717. His patron and boss at the time, a wealthy Duke, was angry when Bach resigned from his post and had him arrested as punishment. During his month in prison, Bach composed a series of organ chorale preludes which were then published the following year as the "Orgelb├╝chlein."
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Beluga whales are drawn to music just like humans. Watch these whales respond to the beautiful sound of the cello.
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