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'Music in Literature' will teach children about the power of instruments

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. Friday at Old Town Books.
Credit: San Angelo Symphony and Old Town Books

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Violinist Danielle Mullen plans to perform at 11 a.m. Friday at Old Town Books, 506 S. Chadbourne St., as part of the Music in Literature event, hosted by the bookstore and the San Angelo Symphony. 

Instead of playing in a typical auditorium setting, Mullen will be at the bookstore reading "A Violin for Elva," by Mary Lyn Ray and playing music for school-age children.

The educational event, hosted by the San Angelo Symphony in collaboration with Old Town Books, is to expose children to a variety of instruments including the violin, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and banjo.

Symphony Marketing and Education Associate Rocio Moncibais said the grant-funded program began in 2009, and since then, musicians have traveled across the Concho Valley to read and educate children. 

Often, the musicians will perform at libraries, summer camps, bookstores and other public places.

"Every musician that ends up playing for a symphony has started off as a child being curious about music, so our goal with these programs is to provide as many opportunities for kids to be exposed to that," Moncibais said. 

Musicians will read a story about their respective instrument for about 30-45 minutes and they will perform afterwards. Children also have the chance to ask questions and even touch the instruments on occasion. 

Go to sanangelosymphony.org/music-in-literature/ for more information. 

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