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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.

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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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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.

These videos will be released in English and Spanish – and each and every one is a unique story. There will be a total of nine English episodes and four Spanish episodes, with new episodes in both English and Spanish released on June 25, July 2, and July 9, 2020.

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