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The Toy Symphony

Squeaks, tweets, rattles and honks! Professor Tympanium van Hammer zee Trumpeterclangor, a whimsical Austrian sound scientist who travels the world with his amazing acoustical laboratory, needs your help to complete the melody of The Toy Symphony. Plus, meet the instruments of the orchestra with Benjamin Britten's classic introduction, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

Children are encouraged to bring their favorite toy to the concert, and bring a new toy to donate to the Columbus Symphony’s The Toy Symphony Toy Drive benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Toys, games, or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital. Nationwide Children’s Hospital collects these items year-round to distribute to patients in their care, and the Columbus Symphony would like to help stock them up with needed items through a special toy drive in conjunction with The Toy Symphony. While children are encouraged to bring their own favorite toy to enjoy the concert with, families are challenged to bring a new toy, game, or activity to donate to the Columbus Symphony’s The Toy Symphony Toy Drive benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The Top 10 Most-Needed items include:

  1. Boppy pillows for infants
  2. Crib mirrors
  3. White noise makers
  4. Crib mobiles
  5. DVDs (PG-13 especially needed)
  6. Xbox and Play Station games
  7. Uno games
  8. Amazon gift cards
  9. Toy medical kits
  10. Bluetooth Speakers

Donated items must be new and in the original packaging. Donated stuffed animals must still have the original tags attached. Further guidelines on donation items can be found here: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/wish-list-for-donations

Attendees are also invited to come early and enjoy pre-concert activities beginning at 2pm in the Ohio Theatre lobby. Activities include:

  •  Instruments to see and play from the Loft Violin Shop and Music & Arts
  • Performances by the Columbus Children’s Theatre
  • Music activities with Musicologie!
  • Crafting with the Columbus Museum of Art
  • Conducting lessons with the CSO’s principal cellist Luis Biava
  • Musical fun with WeJoySing
  • Temporary musical tattoos
  • Harp performances by students of Jude Mollenhauer
  • Meet the CSO’s mascot Bee-thoven and Mr. Sunny from Sunny 95!

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