Lollipops is back!
The Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s free mini-concerts for young children have returned after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic. The Lollipops performances, appropriate for children ages 1 to 7, spotlight a storybook reading accompanied by a chamber ensemble of some of the orchestra’s top musicians. “It’s a great way to inspire early readers and promote a love of music,” said David Kiser, the orchestra’s education manager.
The remaining concerts this season take place on selected Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. (See the schedule below.)
Each performance, lasting about 30 minutes, features a popular children’s book read by Traysie Amick, principal teaching artist with the South Carolina Children’s Theatre.
The small ensembles spotlight principal musicians from the orchestra. “These players are at the top of their field,” Kiser said. The musicians collaborate on music for the programs. Sometimes, they improvise. Kiser plans to expand the Lollipops programs to Greenville’s branch libraries next season.
At the end of each program, the members of the Greenville Symphony Guild hand out lollipops. “The kids love that,” Kiser said.
Admission is free but registration is encouraged. Please contact David Kiser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Lollipops programs:
- Saturday, Jan. 8 *This concert will be held at the Five Forks Library
- “Drum Dream Girl,” featuring Daniel Kirkpatrick, percussion
- Saturday, Feb. 19 *This concert will be held at the Five Forks Library
- “Tacky the Penguin,” featuring the GSO String Quintet
- Saturday, March 26
- “Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo!” featuring the GSO Wind Quintet
- Saturday, April 9
- “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” featuring Daniel Kirkpatrick, percussion
- Saturday, May 7
- “Mole Music,” featuring the GSO String Quintet