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Children, parents enjoy ‘Mini Maestros’ performance by Sault Symphony Orchestra

Free admission concerts are designed to inspire love for music in children: audiences include newborns, teens

An audience of approximately 50 parents and children enjoyed a 45-minute performance by the Sault Symphony Orchestra and vocalists at St. Andrew's United Church Saturday.

It was the orchestra’s latest Mini Maestros performance, designed for children to enjoy and introduce them to orchestral music in a more informal environment. 

Mini Maestros performances have had attendees as young as four weeks old and up to 15 years of age.

The orchestra began holding the free admission Mini Maestros shows two years ago.

The idea for Mini Maestros came from Anya Mallinger, Sault Symphony Orchestra concert master.

“I feel it’s really important to expose children to music right from the beginning, but the live experience and an ensemble as large as the symphony, that’s going to be a really memorable occasion for kids. I want them to feel comfortable in that environment. I want them to be music lovers and it would be a cherry on the top if they became SSO members one day,” Mallinger told SooToday in 2022.

The Sault Symphony Orchestra will be holding its final regular performance of the 2023-24 season, entitled On Broadway, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at The Machine Shop.

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Darren Taylor

About the Author: Darren Taylor

Darren Taylor is a news reporter and photographer in Sault Ste Marie. He regularly covers community events, political announcements and numerous board meetings. With a background in broadcast journalism, Darren has worked in the media since 1996.
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