the wrong Museum. Boo :( I called the symphony, voiced my frustration and they gave us tickets for this week's concert! Yay! So today, after double (and triple!) checking the concert's location, we were off.
The tuba player then compared her tuba to the piccolo trumpet and it was pretty cool to see the difference. The french horn player showed how you could control the notes with just your hand and the bell without pressing any keys. That was very neat! And they also all played "Frere Jacques" in a round using just their mouthpieces to demonstrate how those worked. That was awesome!
To introduce the theme to the kids, the premise was that the teddy bears had a picnic and the smallest teddy bear had a dream about a buzzing bee who was telling him about all the different instruments. Then the bear got to join the brass quintet and play the conch shell, which is what the person on the right is playing. It was quite funny.
Sam was quite entranced during the whole concert, and held his own "buzzy bee" instrument of a comb and tissue paper. Each kid got one to play (and take home too!) as they entered the concert. Dave and I agreed that this was an amazing experience and are hoping to take Sam and Rachel to each one in the next symphony season.