SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ The San Francisco Symphony played its annual free concert in Dolores Park on Sunday, which once again proved to be a very kid-friendly event.
Members of the orchestra took the time to demonstrate their instruments to children. Flautist Amy Sedan said it’s kind of like a musical petting zoo.
“You just introduce the instrument to the kids. Get them to get a feel for what it’s like to press down the keys, how to make a sound,” said Sedan. “It’s just a good introduction to musical instruments and how much work goes into learning an instrument.”
Many children were having a difficult time with the flute, which Sedan calls one of the most difficult instruments to start with.
“If kids do get a sound out, it’s really fun to see their faces light up,” she said.
The more curious kids were eager to try the bassoon. And six-year-old Elijah Hansen coaxed some pretty big notes out of the woodwind that was taller than he is.
“It feels kind of like soda on my lips,” he said.
The smaller children banged on drums and triangles and as their parents know all too well, no lessons were necessary for that.