The Music Box is an ever-expanding collection of educational resources created by and compiled by the Fort Collins Symphony. Check back often to learn more about music, instruments, and the orchestra!

peter with duck
Click on Peter
to explore his story

Peter and the Wolf

Enjoy an in-depth look at the audience-favorite, Peter and the Wolf, and see demonstrations of the instruments by members of your Fort Collins Symphony. The Musical Zoo 2021 was held virtually in April and May 2021, including a full performance of Peter and the Wolf, an exploration of the families of the orchestra, and a downloadable activity guide.

While the full performance of Peter and the Wolf is no longer available, all of our resources are! Please click on Peter to find information on the families and instruments of the orchestra, an overview of Peter and the Wolf, instrument demonstrations by members of your Fort Collins Symphony, and our downloadable activity guide.

The Classical Classroom

The Classical Classroom is a podcast meant to introduce newcomers to the world of classical music. Houston Public Radio classical librarian Dacia Clay (who knows little about classical music) hosts this engaging show that features discussion and lessons about this incredible world.

Click the player below to listen to the most recent episode of The Classical Classroom.

Keeping Score, with Michael Tilson Thomas

Keeping Score is a series hosted by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony that explores masterworks of classical music in depth. Each of these short documentaries explains the content and context of the music in depth in an approachable and engaging way.

These videos give you a solid historical and musical context to understand and appreciate the music better, while also becoming a better listener.

Find the full documentary and performance of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, the “Eroica” here, and head to Maestro Tilson Thomas’s website for the full library.


FCS would like to thank Sense of Place and Ellen Badgley Zibell for the loan of the tiny instruments used in the Music Box logo.