Cascade Symphony to host children’s concert on Feb. 10 at Edmonds Center for the Arts

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra will host its annual children’s concert, “Carnival of the Animals,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4t’h Ave. North.

“The Carnival of the Animals” is a piece written in 14 sections by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. Each section imitates a different animal or character using the instruments of the orchestra.

“Carnival” is among Saint-Saens’ biggest hits today. It will be accompanied by the poetry of Ogden Nash, as read by Dave Dolacky, a longtime Seattle radio and television personality.

In addition to “Carnival,” 14-year old “Rising Star” cellist Felix Kim of Bothell will perform as soloist the “Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat major (first movement),” accompanied by the Cascade Symphony. The Cascade Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ian Alvarez, will also perform “Polovtsian Dances,” “Comedian’s Galop” and “Ma mere I’Oye.”

Before the concert begins, children will be invited to experience a “petting zoo.” Instead of animals, children of all ages will be allowed to try to play musical instruments used by the orchestra under the guidance of six instructors.

Ticket prices for the concert are $10 for adults and seniors, $5 for students with an ID and $3 for those who are 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the ECA box office, online at, or by calling (425) 275-9595.

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