Classical music isn't one of them.
That will change today with a concert by the
"We've never had a [CSO] outdoor concert at any rec center, ever," said
The quintet will perform a variety of selections that may include anything from Bach to the Pink Panther, with Disney songs and jive standards in between, said
If all goes as planned, the Eastdale rec center concert will spark a "Pops in the Rec" series and the CSO will play at every recreation center in the city, said Marczynski.
So the CSO is playing at schools, in libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, parks and now at recreation centers.
"This is important for us to break down the [symphony's] stiff image," said Marczynski.
The CSO concert also will improve
Most of the sounds heard at the center are good ones. Basketballs hitting hardwood. Bass thumping from the music studio. Young people laughing.
But some are sounds no one wants to hear.
Two years ago
Gunfire cracked and a bullet struck Flemming in the shoulder.
Even so, Flemming said he feels safe at the center and will be there tonight to hear the orchestra.
"Now we've got something other neighborhoods don't have," said Walton. "We have Pops coming."
This performance will be fun, held outside on the recreation center's lawn, said Walton. Hot dogs and Cokes will be served. Bring lawn chairs, he said.
Marczynski promised no stiff, starchy settings, just musicians connecting with listeners in the open air.
Instead of the black tuxedos and dresses worn for a Tivoli performance, Marczynski has asked musicians to wear T-shirts and khakis.
Listeners can enjoy the concert any way they want. Some people close their eyes and pick out flutes blending with bassoons. Others watch musicians move their bows as they play the violin. Some folks clap in the middle of the song or move with the music, Marczynski said.
"If you never heard it before, come ready to experiment," she said.
The concert will expose the neighborhood to a different genre of music, said 16-year-old
"It's kind of different," she said. "It might make kids start learning how to play."
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