Youth concerts — with humor
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SEATED AND READY TO ENJOY the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra were mother and son Teresa Gates and Brenden Gates. Brenden is a fourth-grader at E.L. Ross Elementary.
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The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, under the direction of music director Kayoko Dan, presented a refreshingly comedic concert on Thursday.

Approximately 2,900 students from Bradley County and Cleveland elementary schools traveled to North Cleveland Church of God to snap their fingers to the beat of Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther” and to figure out the funny “whodunit” of “The Composer is Dead” murder-mystery program, with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket.

Along with other selections, this program was performed by the CSO and comically narrated by a member of the CSO, Carey Shinbaum.

The program introduced instruments and sections of the orchestra to young children, cleverly making symphony and classical music enjoyable.

Also featured was the CSO Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winner, Hannah Kuhn. Hannah performed portions of the Fourth Movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the CSO.

Not only young people in our public schools but also students who are home schooled and who attend local private schools attended the concerts.

The Cleveland Symphony Guild has sponsored youth concerts locally for over 20 years.