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The Animated Orchestra: A Musical Adventure for Kids

March 13, 2022 @ 2:30 pm 3:30 pm MDT

The Friends of the Symphony will present a musical adventure composed and narrated by Gregory Smith. The Animated Orchestra is designed to introduce children and their families to the instruments of the orchestra.

This interactive musical story features a playful and curious ferret named Ari who wanders into Mr. Shraft’s musical instrument repair shop. Chaos ensues as Ari tries out all the instruments and finally falls asleep inside the tuba bell. Join us to find out what happens next!  

The concert will also premiere Gregory Smith’s newest piece, Shave and a Haircut. To showcase how an orchestra works, the FCS will perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.

Featuring composer Gregory Smith, Maestro Wes Kenney, and the Fort Collins Symphony.

The Animated Orchestra


Date: March 13, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Timberline Church, Main Auditorium:
2908 S. Timberline Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525

Appropriate for: All Ages

Concert length: 60 minutes

Tickets: $5 per person, $20 for a family of five. Note: Infants under one year are free.

Please Note Attendance Requirements:

  • Full vaccinations for attendees ages 5 years+ are STRONGLY encouraged.
  • For everyone ages 3 years and older, we also STRONGLY encourage the wearing of masks while inside the venue.

Steve Vaughn demonstrates the Tuba in The Animated Orchestra by Gregory Smith

Tom Bittinger demonstrates the Bassoon in The Animated Orchestra by Gregory Smith

Interview with Composer Gregory Smith:

Listen on the Open Notes Podcast, or watch the video below:

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Concert Sponsors:

Anonymous donor
Community Foundation of NoCo.
Pattie Cowell & Sherry Pomering
David and Alison Dennis
FAN Foundation
Robert Graziano
Carol Ann & Gary Hixon
Carol Ann Hixon Fund for Advancing Innovation & Imagination
Mary & Paul Kopco
Marty & Scott Marsh
National Endowment for the Arts
Poudre School District
Dr. Ed Siegel
Dr. Peter Springberg & Janet Kowall
Wilmarth Foundation
Special thanks to Timberline Church

Flood and Peterson Logo
Fort Fund Logo Large
Colorado Creative Industires
Friends of the Symphony FOS logo

Season Sponsors:

Dr. David and Alison Dennis

Dr. Ed Siegel

Dr. Peter Springberg and Janet Kowall

City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Logo
The Lyric Cinema
Colorado Creative Industires
National Endowment for the Arts - wide


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