Firelands Symphony travels the wild west for free family concert

Dec 26, 2023 | Entertainment | 0 comments

The annual free family concert will feature the full Firelands Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carl Topilow.

NORWALK – The Firelands Symphony Orchestra (FSO) presents its free annual family concert for all ages. The family concert, which has a wild west theme this year, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Norwalk’s Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. The concert will begin at 4 p.m., with free children and family activities beginning at 3 p.m.

This concert is completely free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of: Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation, Geotrac Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council.

At 3 p.m., before the concert, children and families can enjoy hands on musical activities, including making their own instruments, coloring, bean bag toss, instrument displays, lasso activities, and a real saddle photo booth. The FSO will be offering bandanas for the children and encourage attendees to wear boots, hats, plaid shirts, and any other western style wear!

The concert, which begins at 4 p.m., will feature the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Carl Topilow. The concert will have family friendly programming with a western and cowboy theme from film, orchestra, and popular culture.

Pieces in the program include William Tell Overture, Pops Hoedown, Theme from The Magnificent Seven, Old MacDonald, Cowboys Overture, Sandpaper Ballet, Orange Blossom Special, Syncopated Clock, and Hoedown from Rodeo.

While the concert is free and open to the public, free-will donations will be accepted. Parking is available at the venue at Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center, which is located at Norwalk High School.

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