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“Escape to the Zoo” – Family Concert

January 22 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm MST

This fun and whimsical family-friendly live concert is for the young and the young-at-heart!

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Featuring Gregory Smith’s Zoo Song, Camille Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals, Beethoven’s By the Brook, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.

Dancers from Canyon Concert Ballet will join the FCS to bring the Carnival of the Animals to life!

Escape to the Zoo is sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony.


Sunday, January 22, 2023
3:00 PM


Lincoln Center Main Stage
417 West Magnolia Street,
Fort Collins, CO 80521


$5: kids under 13
$10: ages13 and older

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Notes for Adults (parents/grandparents):

We’ve got you covered! Here are a few points to make sure you have a great time at “Escape to the Zoo.”

1. The perfect length! This concert will be 60 minutes with no intermission.

2. Dress yourself and the kids in what is comfortable, or come as your favorite animal! (Artist Fig FX will do free face painting before the concert, between 2:00 and 3:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.)

3. Don’t worry about stepping out to the lobby during the performance. Since this is a family concert, you won’t be the only one 🙂

4. Water bottles are welcome. There will be no concessions sold at the concert, but water bottles are welcome in the hall.

5. Stay home if sick! Since children and families will be at the concert, we ask that you please stay home if you or your party are sick or have any cold, flu, or Covid symptoms.

6. Have fun! This concert is for kids and families to learn and celebrate animals and music together.

What you will hear:

Zoo Song:

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Zoo Song tells the story of a young girl’s trip to the zoo. 

Sara is captivated by one particular sound and sets out on a quest to find its source.  She encounters many musically depicted animals along the way.  The source of the elusive sound is revealed unexpectedly in the poignant conclusion to this heartfelt work. 

Above: The Hippo Scene from “Zoo Song”

Carnival of the Animals:

Carnival of the Animals is a funny and delightful piece for all ages by composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It uses music to represent all sorts of animals in different ways.

Throughout the piece, the audience will hear lions, roosters, donkeys, turtles, elephants, kangaroos, an aquarium, birds, fossils, and a swan depicted by the orchestra.

“The Swan” is the most famous section of Carnival of the Animals. Listen to it in the video below.

Have questions? Use the form below to reach out!

FCS Sponsors:

Concert Sponsors:

The Friends of the Symphony
Advanced Energy
Canyon Concert Ballet
An Anonymous Donor
City of Fort Collins Fort Fund
Patty Cowell and Sherry Pomering
Flood and Peterson
Carol Ann and Gary Hixon
Marty and Scott Marsh
The Encouraging Educational Excellence (“E3”) Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation

Season Sponsors:

Arts Without End Foundation

Dr. David and Alison Dennis

Dr. Ed Siegel

Dr. Peter Springberg

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

Supporting Businesses:

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