Sarah Branon Woessner stepped onto the podium at Bill Heard Theatre, took the baton from conductor George Del Gobbo, and looked at members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra awaiting her direction. Del Gobbo asked what she wanted the musicians to play. Perhaps she could conduct what her predecessor just had.
Woessner hesistated and Del Gobbo called to the orchestra to play a selection from Bela Bartok. Only then did he take the four-year-old Woessner's right hand in his, get the baton rhythmically moving, and step back as both the orchestra and Woessner's first chance to conduct began.
Throughout RiverCenter for Performing Arts Sunday afternoon, area children and their families experienced music up close. They conducted, banged on and shook up percussion instruments, and tried to play their way through an instrument "petting zoo". It was all part of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra family concert, featuring the symphony's performance of "Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead." Kids has lots of time before the concert to visit the instrument petting zoo, hear brass musicians play in Legacy Hall, listen to and participate in a percussion performance in the Studion Theatre, and have their faces painted.
The CSO , under the direction of George Del Gobbo, performed "Fanfare" by Paul Dukas and Nathaniel Stookey's "The Compser is Dead", with JJ Musgrove narrating.