“Music in Literature” will teach children about the power of instruments

The event will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Old Town Books.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Violinist Danielle Mullen plans to perform at 11 a.m. Friday at Old Town Books, 506 S. Chadbourne St., as part of the Music in Literature event, hosted by the bookstore and the San Angelo Symphony.

Instead of performing in a typical auditorium, Mullen will be at the bookstore reading “A Violin for Elva,” by Mary Lyn Ray and playing music for school-aged children.

The educational event, organized by the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Old Town Books, aims to expose children to a variety of instruments, including violin, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and banjo.

Rocio Moncibais, Symphony’s marketing and education associate, said the grant-funded program began in 2009 and since then musicians have traveled across the Concho Valley to read and educate children.

Often, musicians will perform in libraries, summer camps, bookstores and other public places.

“Every musician who ends up playing for a symphony started out as a kid curious about music, so our goal with these programs is to provide as many opportunities for kids to be exposed to it,” Moncibais said.

The musicians will read a story on their respective instrument for approximately 30-45 minutes and then they will perform. Children also have the chance to ask questions and even touch the instruments on occasion.

Visit sanangelosymphony.org/music-in-literature/ for more information.

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