Audience members are part of the show at Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s family concerts. Photo courtesy of Firelands Symphony Orchestra.

In Tuesday’s (1/9) Norwalk Reflector (Ohio), Maddie Monroe writers, “The Firelands Symphony Orchestra invites local families to attend a free western-themed concert. The annual show is open to all ages and will be held on Sunday, January 14 at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. The performance will begin at 4 p.m., with free children and family activities before the show … Activities include hands-on musical activities like making instruments, coloring, a bean bag toss, instrument displays, lasso activities, and a real saddle photo booth. The FSO encourages attendees to embrace the Western theme and wear boots, hats, plaid shirts, and any other Western style clothing…. The concert will feature the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Carl Topilow. The concert will have family-friendly programming with a western and cowboy theme from film, orchestra, and popular culture. ‘For a lot of these kids it’s their first time hearing live music with a symphony orchestra, so that’s always cool,’ [Executive Director Ron] Brooker said…. ‘Hopefully it will spur the kids to make them want to come to another concert… But the best thing [is] watching these little kids … enjoy the activities and the music.’ ”