WILLIAMSBURG — Inspired by a trip he took with his grandchildren, one local man is bringing a unique musical event to downtown Williamsburg.
A string trio from the Lexington Philharmonic will be holding an interactive children’s concert on Saturday in downtown Williamsburg.
Dal Macon, of Williamsburg, an encourager for the arts, said it was when he took his grandchildren to Richmond to attend a similar event held inside a planetarium he wondered if he could bring something similar back to Whitley County. Thanks to several community partners working together, he did just that.
The family friendly event will take place on the corner lot of south Third Street and Main in Williamsburg, and begins at 6 p.m.
Thanks to the Whitley County Public Library, Whitley County Tourism, the City of Williamsburg, University of Kentucky Extension of Fine Arts and the Music Department at he University of the Cumberlands the event is free. The evening will be that of story and musical performance, including an instrument petting zoo and a variety of instruments for the kids to pick up and experience playing.
Organizers describe the show as very interactive. Attendees can expect the show to open with a narrator reading a poem about bullying that is paired with music. Musicians call attention to the fact that when listening to music there is usually an instrument or voice that is most important. There is emphasis on literacy and children in the audience will help create their own story.
An instrument petting zoo where musical instruments are available for children to pick up and look at will be available after the show.
Macon is hoping to have several local musicians on hand to show how different kinds of music can come from the same kind of instrument as well as a list of local music teachers if children are interested in lessons.
After the performance, there will be plenty of time for children to ask questions. The event is scheduled to last approximately an hour.
Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged. Food concessions from Millie's will be available for purchase.