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Welcome to Symphony Storytime, a fun and unique video series from the Oregon Symphony designed for pre-K through elementary aged children and their families to experience popular story books. Each episode is entertaining and educational, and includes a great children’s story narrated by a master storyteller, with accompaniment by an Oregon Symphony musician or guest artist, performing the book’s “soundtrack.” Kids will enjoy these 15-minute episodes again and again, like any great story or concert, and all 13 episodes are now available, for free.

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Storytime 1: “Mole Music,” Featuring the Cello

When Mole finally learns to play the violin, his music has an effect more magical than he will ever know. Written by David McPhail. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Marilyn de Oliveira, assistant principal cello.

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Storytime 2: “Top Cat,” Featuring the Oboe

Top Cat doesn't want to share his house and favorite things, but soon he learns that two cats can be lots more fun than one. Written by Lois Ehlert. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Karen Wagner, assistant principal oboe.

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Storytime 3: “Goodnight Bob,” Featuring Percussion

A pair of eyes in the dark? Bob discovers it's a friendly creature wishing him goodnight. Written by Ann Hassett and illustrated by John Hassett. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Michael Roberts, principal percussion.

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Storytime 4: “Tacky the Penguin,” Featuring the Tuba

Tacky's an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drummer, which the other penguins find bothersome, until his odd behavior saves the day! Written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring JáTtik Clark, principal tuba.

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Storytime 5: “Owl Babies,” Featuring the Flute

Three baby owls anxiously wait for their mother’s return, erupting into joyous flapping and dancing when she finally arrives. Written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, assistant principal flute.

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Storytime 6: “Barn Dance,” Featuring the Cello

A young boy peers out of the old farmhouse window – who could possibly be having a barn dance in the middle of the night? Written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Ted Rand. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Marilyn de Oliveira, assistant principal cello.

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Storytime 7: “Tanka Tanka Skunk,” Featuring Percussion

Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunka have names that sound like drums. They’ve got some friends for you to meet, so let’s say their names to the Tanka Skunka beat! Written by Steve Webb. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Michael Roberts, principal percussion.

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Storytime 8: “Froggy Plays in the Band,” Featuring the Tuba

Froggy and his marching band pals are sure they can win the big prize in the Apple Blossom Parade, but when Froggy’s around, things never go quite as planned. Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring JáTtik Clark, principal tuba.

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Storytime 9: “Do Like a Duck Does,” Featuring the Oboe

Mama Duck has a hunch that the big brown creature waddling behind her babies is no duck, but she knows how to beat the foxy imposter at his own game! Written by July Hindley and illustrated by Ivan Bates. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Karen Wagner, assistant principal oboe.

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In each episode, your kids will hear original fun music, especially curated by the musical guest. Featured musicians might play anything from familiar classical riffs to witty musical improvisations and funny sound effects – moving the story along at a lively pace. Also included in each video is a demonstration of the techniques and tricks behind the featured instrument that will entertain and inspire your children to want to learn more.

There are a total of nine episodes in English and four in Spanish – and each and every one is a unique story. 

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