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Published on April 24, 2024
Marietta Hosts Georgia Symphony Orchestra's Kid-Friendly "Carnival of the Animals"Source: Google Street View

Get ready to let the animal out of the bag and the kids out of the seats, folks. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is gearing up to charm families with a delightful rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns’ "Carnival of the Animals" on Saturday, with two performances at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, according to an announcement from the City of Marietta's official website.

Perfect for the young and young at heart, this set of whimsical orchestral movements is bound to be as engaging as it is entertaining. Featuring a parade of animals, from the royal lions to the graceful swans, children are not only invited to a concert; they're invited to come dressed as their favorites, and it's a steal at only $10 a pop for general admission tickets. In case you're worried about getting the kiddos to sit still through the show, this is not your typical "shush-you're-in-a-theater" experience; this is a family and sensory-friendly series that gets it—kids need to be kids, even (or especially) when they're enjoying some culture, the City's alert detailed.

Saint-Saëns’ piece will echo through the hall in 14 short movements at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m., with each performance lasting around 45 minutes—an ideal length to hold the attention of the restless. Moreover, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra has put thought into the needs of every audience member; the 2 p.m. show is specifically tailored to those with sensory sensitivities, allowing for movement, noise, and the full range of expression without the sidelong glances. Dancers, singers, and chatters? You are totally welcome here.

The experience doesn't end with the final note; the lobby will morph into an interactive playground courtesy of Miss LaLa’s Instrument Petting Zoo; that's right, your tykes can toot, strum, and bang on real instruments, if that doesn't sound like a Saturday well spent. A quiet room is also promised to provide a respite for those who need a moment away from the festivity of sights and sounds, because, let's face it, even party animals need a breather now and then.

So, mark your calendars for a zoological journey in symphony this Saturday. Tickets are now on sale, and with seats likely to fill up next to the elephants and kangaroos (or just your fellow Atlantans in animal attire), make sure to snag them while you can and prepare for a roaringly good time!