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N.C. Symphony has new mascot for kids

Sympson will teach kids about classical music and answer questions from the students and families who attend symphony events.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

The newest member of the N.C. Symphony isn't an expert on any instrument, enjoys eating grub worms and does aerial loops inside the symphony's Meymandi Hall for fun.

Sympson, a bluebird, is the new NCS Kids mascot. He'll play a big role on the symphony's website to teach children about classical music and answer questions submitted by the kids and families who attend symphony events. You'll also see him in posters and images for the 2011/12 edition of the Symphony's Young People's Concerts series at Meymandi in downtown Raleigh's Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts.

The mascot was selected by more than 30 entries as part of a design contest launched in December. Sympson was designed by Kimberly Ridge of Raleigh.

"I thought kids would easily relate a bird with music," Ridge said in a press release. "Sympson was and is a joy to create and I am thrilled that he was chosen to represent NCS Kids as their mascot.”

Find out all about Sympson on his website by clicking here.

Series subscription to all three of this season's Young People's Concerts are available now for $36. Individual tickets go on sale on Aug. 8 for $20 each. I've been to several of these hour-long concerts with my older daughter and they've all been wonderful, memorable events. I'd definitely recommend them. The concerts are designed for kids ages 4 to 12 and their families.

The 2011/12 Young People’s Concerts include a romp into the life of Ludwig van Beethoven in “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” this November; a Mozart-inspired spin on the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham in January; and the orchestra imitating the sounds of the greatest musicians of the insect world in March’s concert, “Bug Songs.” Click here for details.

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