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Crowden Community Music Day

October 4, 2012

Enjoying the petting zooCommunity Music Day is a remarkable event, not least because it’s so appealing to small children. The celebrated “instrument petting zoo” is where you'll find kids exploring instruments: blowing on a tuba or a trombone, or strumming a harp. For smaller kids there are smaller instruments. The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will be there with one of its patented introductory programs, which is always a treat, particularly if you wish to introduce children to both the sound of classical music and, if you will, the glamor. After all, many of these musicians are like sports stars in their world.

Very First Concerts launches during Community Music Day with three repeat concerts. The renowned San Francisco Girls Chorus will perform with music students from the Crowden Music School. And by the way, if you want to find out about that school, which is one of the premier schools in the Bay Area for musicians, they will have admissions people on hand. Plus: instrument making, class demonstrations, concerts for kids throughout the day, movies about music, a music sale, face-painting, and BBQ and baked goods. Don't miss all of this on Oct. 21 10 a.m. -3 p.m.  Community Music Day and its hands-on musical activities is a great way to introduce children to music. It's a free musical celebration for the entire family.

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is