Shepherd School to host annual Family Concert Feb. 1

Selections from Bach, Debussy and Mozart will be among the musical works performed at the annual Family Concert presented Feb. 1 by Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

This year’s concert in Alice Pratt Brown Hall will feature Shepherd School students in smaller ensembles showcasing the instrument families of the orchestra. Attendees of the family-friendly event will be able to meet students and see and hear their instruments up close, discover the variations in sound and personality of instrument families and learn about the science of acoustics.

The annual event, sponsored by the Shepherd Society, will feature an instrument demonstration in the Grand Foyer at 10:30 a.m., followed by the concert at 11 a.m. in Stude Concert Hall.

Rachel Buchman, head of the Young Children’s Division of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program, will serve as narrator for the performance. Larry Rachleff is music director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

“From the giant double bass to the tiny piccolo, just as in a human family, each member makes its own unique contribution,” Buchman said. “Attendees will have fun as they learn more about the different instruments and how they ‘get along’ with other members of their families.”

This event, recommended for ages 6 and older, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For the best seating, patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

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