VIDEO: Classical musicians play common items for kid concerts

VIDEO: Classical musicians play common items for kid concerts

Michele Ellson

Video courtesy of the Alameda Education Foundation.

More than 2,700 Alameda school students learned how to make music with a leaf, a box of pasta and other common objects during a pair of October 24 concerts given by the Oakland East Bay Symphony at Kofman Auditorium. Symphony musicians, under the direction of Michael Morgan, played a series of classical pieces using toy instruments, spoons and macaroni and cheese. Many of the students brought their own, home-made instruments to the performance so they could play along.

The concerts were funded by an anonymous donor and were given as part of the symphony's Music for Excellence program. Here's a brief video of one of them.