Lone Tree Symphony reaches out to kids with 'Doctor Noize'

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Many youngsters in the area have met Doctor Noize, aka Cory Cullinan of Lone Tree, and kids will love to see his show, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony” at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

The Lone Tree Symphony has a history of introducing children to instruments at intermission and, under conductor Jacinda Bouton, the orchestra takes it a step further to start its new season.

Doctor Noize is a nationally known singer and multi-instrumentalist who loves pop/rock music but has a degree in classical music from Stanford. His musical play about Phineas McBoof teaches kids about the color and fun in orchestral sounds and forms — as well as about the composers.

He said, “Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky — these guys were crazy revolutionaries! I knew if I could get kids curious, they would be hooked. And they are! They realize that the music is rebellious, deep, magnificent beyond conventional imagination. After the premiere of ‘Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,’ a teacher told me that kids walked in not caring about classical music and walked out thinking that anyone who thinks kids can’t handle classical music is uncool.”

The orchestra, in its 14th season, announces a full season of concerts:

• Dec. 6 and 7: A holiday concert will include the Castle Rock Chorale and the Smithtonian Handbell Choir.

• Feb. 28, 2014: Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and “Rainbow Body,” a modern work by Christopher Theofanidis.

• May 9: Concert will feature Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite” and pianist Dana Landry performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The orchestra will offer a free show to invited school groups on Oct. 4.