Thursday’s (7/29) Monroe News Star (Monroe, Louisiana) reports, “The Monroe Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Plum Creek Foundation to help provide local students with an educational adventure in fine arts. The annual Sound Safari allows third, fourth and fifth graders in Monroe and throughout surrounding parishes to get involved in the arts at an early age. … This year’s Sound Safari was May 12 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The Monroe Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by Sergei Prokofiev was accompanied by a theatrical performance by the members of Lagniappe Theatre Company. In addition to the concert, students got up close and personal with the instruments at an ‘instrument petting zoo.’ The hands-on learning experience allows students to play and hold the instruments they are introduced to during the concert.” The Monroe Symphony is located in Northern Louisiana, midway between Shreveport and Jackson, Mississippi.

Posted July 29, 2010