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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra musicians put twist on story time at library

"This is one of my favorite programs we do at the KSO," said education director Jennifer Harrell.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It's a story with live sound effects.

Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra visit libraries and schools in 19 counties across East Tennessee creating a memorable and musical story time experience. 

"I love hearing how the kids respond to the stories and then tying all of that in with what we do at the symphony, said KSO education director Jennifer Harrell. "We feel like it's so important for us to catch students at this age and introduce them to classical music."

Violinist Michael Acosta said the musicians sit down and select music and themes that fit with each story. 

His favorite aspect of the program is when they get to show the kids how to hold and play the instruments after all the books are read. 

"It's rewarding to see their faces as they experience something new," Acosta said. 

Carrie Richard said she loves bringing her children to story time at the library, but the KSO brings it to another level. 

"The KSO just brings a new dynamic by introducing the kids to music," Richard said. 

There are still several story time performances remaining across East Tennessee.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
10:30 a.m.
Clinton Public Library

Thursday, Feb. 21
4 p.m.
Cedar Bluff Branch Library

Tuesday, March 5
10 a.m.
Maynardville Public Library

Wednesday, March 13
10:30 a.m.
Morristown-Hamblen Co. Public Library

Wednesday, March 27
10:30 a.m.
Rockwood Public Library

Thursday, March 28
10:30 a.m.
Blount County Public Library

Thursday, April 4
3:30 p.m.
Wartburg Public Library

Friday, April 5
10:30 a.m.
Caryville Public Library

Wednesday, April 17
10 a.m.
H.B. Stamps Memorial Library, Rogersville

Tuesday, April 30
11 a.m.
Greeneville-Greene County Public Library

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