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Library to introduce children to symphony
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The Statesboro Regional Library will be filled with the sounds of both music and children when the library plays host to members of the Southern Georgia Symphony for the Magic of Music, a special “hands on” program designed to introduce area children to the instruments and musicians on Saturday at 10 a.m.
    Elaine McDuffie, youth and family services coordinator, believes that this type of interactive program is both educational and fun. The maestro and six symphony members will be on hand to introduce various instruments of the orchestra to the audience. Children will learn about each instrument and then hear the instrument played.
    “Of course the most fun comes when children get a chance to try out the instruments themselves," she said. "We are very excited to be able to give children a chance to touch, strum, or toot the various instruments. For many of them, it will be their first encounter with this type of music.”
    The program is free and open to the public, but it is especially designed to appeal to children ages 6-12 years, added Ms. McDuffie. Reservations are not required, but space is limited, so plan to arrive early.  
    The Southern Georgia Symphony performs both in Statesboro and in Savannah under the direction of concert master Cheung Chau. It is primarily made up of students, but also includes members of the GSU faculty and staff, as well as accomplished musicians from various communities in the area.
    One of the goals for the symphony, according to executive director Allen Henderson, is to enhance the musical education of young audiences, and this type of program fits that goal.  
    According to librarian Cora Fay, the library applied for and received a Grassroots grant to develop the program.  
    “In the past, we have had much success with our Buffalo Soldiers and Abraham Lincoln programs, and we felt it was time to try a musical program. Our local symphony was a perfect fit.”
    Members of The Friends of the Statesboro-Bulloch County Library will serve as volunteers to help with the program, Fay said.  
    This program is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of The Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with the Statesboro Arts Council.
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