Hughes said the afternoon event is perfect for seniors and it’s also a great opportunity for families with children.
“This may be the first opportunity they get to see and hear a live orchestra performance. The short segments allow people to come and go or stay for as long as they like. The hands-on time with string instruments is always fun for kids and adults. For many, it’s the first time they’ll actually have a chance to hold and play a string instrument. And it’s all free,” she said.
Conducted by Susan Schirmer, the West Chester Symphony Orchestra is made up of about 60 members, including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. With more than 20 years of history in the community, about 10 members of the group have been with the orchestra since its inception.
The group, which performs about six to eight free concerts a year, will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday, March 28.
HOW TO GO
What: Sample the Arts of West Chester as the West Chester Symphony Orchestra celebrates Beethoven's 250th Birthday.
Where: MidPointe Library West Chester, 9363 Centre Pointe Drive (across from Lakota West High School)
When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
More info: www.westchestersymphony.org