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Family Concert at Britt Festivals

Classical pianist and public radio show host Christopher O'Riley will lead the Britt Orchestra in a program of classical music accessible for children and adults. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville.

O'Riley is host of NPR's "From the Top." Assistant conductor will be Wes Schulz, and Natalie Dungey, an 11-year-old trumpeter, will join the orchestra for Hummel's "Rondo" from Trumpet Concerto and Bellstedt's arrangement of Thurston's Napoli.

Dungey was a featured soloist on "From the Top" in 2009, and she will share the stage with O'Riley once again as he hosts Britt's up-close-and-personal look at the families of stringed, wind and brass instruments that create the sounds of a symphony orchestra.

The evening will begin at 5:45 p.m. with interactive pre-concert activities geared toward elementary students. Children will receive a passport at the concert gates and can visit five different stations focused on sensory approaches to music.

There will be an instrument petting zoo, where children can try out trombones, trumpets, violins, saxophones and ukuleles.

Children also can experience the vibrations made by different ins-truments, and various musical sounds will be displayed on digital oscilloscopes.

Children also will be able to construct sets of pan pipes from PVC pipe, and drummer Patricia Aulik will lead a drum circle for children.

As children visit each station, their passports will be stamped. Fully stamped passports may be entered into a raffle for prizes.

The concert will feature Nielsen's Masquerade Overture; Britton's "Playful Pizzicato" from Simple Symphony; Bartok's arrangement of Willner's Excerpts from Rumanian Folk Dances; Ortiz' Villavicencio; Orff's "Tanz" from Carmina Burana; Dukas' "Fanfare" from La Peri; and others.

Dungey garnered international attention when her performance at the 2009 National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., went viral on YouTube. She's studied trumpet since age 7.

General admission to the Britt Family Concert is $25, $5 for children. See www.brittfest.org or call 541-776-6077.

NPR host and pianist Christopher O'Riley will lead the Britt Orchestra's Family Concert. - Photo courtesy of Britt Festivals