Penn's Woods Music 4 Kids (PWM4Kids)

The Penn's Woods Music Festival is launching a new series of free programs in June called Penn's Woods Music 4 Kids (PWM4Kids). Thanks to generous sponsorships from Bill and Honey Jaffe, PWM4Kids is a series of free programs and activities especially tailored to pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school-aged audiences. These events are designed to inspire, engage, and entertain young musicians towards a deeper love of music, nature, arts, and science. 


June 9 PWM4Kids: Stories, Music and Nature: for preschool aged children

Listen to a performance of the Allegria Trio and participate in outdoor activities in the Children’s Garden of the Bellefonte Library. Free Admission; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Bellefonte Library, 200 N. Allegheny Street, Bellefonte. (Rain location indoors at the library).


June 11 PWM4Kids: Music and Science

What is sound?” “How do musicians play their instruments?” Come hear about the basic science of sound and acoustics with an orchestral flair. Free Admission; 4:00 -5:00 p.m.; Discovery Space, 112 W. Foster Ave., State College.


June 15 PWM4Kids: International Music

Hear music with an international flair performed by the Allegria Trio, offered in tandem with the Schlow Library’s summer reading theme of “Build a Better World.” Free Admission; 2:30 p.m.; Schlow Library; 211 S. Allen St., State College 


June 17 PWM4Kids: Chamber Music Invitational for advanced middle and high-school string players.

Invited student musicians will be coached by festival orchestra members and then present an informal performance, concluding with an ice cream social. 1:00-3:30 p.m., Esber Recital Hall Lobby, Music Building I, University Park campus. 


June 22 PWM4Kids: Art, Music, and Electronics for middle and high school string players.

Using music from Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition," listen to demonstrations with electric instruments performed by members of the Allegria String Quartet. By reservation. 2:30–4 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art Auditorium, University Park campus. This program is for advanced violin, viola, and cello students age 11-17. The Allegria String Quartet (Sally and Mark Minnich, violin;  Jon Dexter, cello, and Debbie Trudeau, viola) will host. Starting in the auditorium and using recordings, images, live performance, and video participants will explore the many versions of the work: two-pianos, the orchestra, the live quartet, and finally the Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Following the presentation students will move to the lobby area for some fun hands-on time with electric instruments.

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