Oregon Symphony launches free series for children, pairing music and stories

Posted on: March 26, 2021

The Oregon Symphony has launched a sixteen-episode “Symphony Storytime” series of virtual programs for young audiences, available in Spanish and English. The free bilingual digital series, spearheaded by Associate Conductor Norman Hunyh, features Oregon Symphony musicians accompanying the reading of a book or story; there are twelve English-language and four Spanish-language illustrated children’s books, including The Snowy Day, Harlem’s Little Black Bird, and Una Extraña Visita. The series of short episodes was created for young children at home with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first Spanish-language episode features Oregon Symphony Music Director Laureate, Carlos Kalmar, who is bilingual, reading Una Extraña Visita, with Assistant Principal Timpanist Sergio Carreño on percussion. New episodes will be released every two weeks into August 2021 on the orchestra’s website and YouTube channel. For more information, click here.