SSO plays to record crowd

The new graduates weren't the only ones to show their enthusiasm and excitement at the concert.

Though it was just a portion of the evening's events, children as young as 2 had a ball banging on the drums and trying their hand at the cello and violin at the instrument petting zoo.

In year's past, the zoo included instruments from all of the musical families, but due to the H1N1 virus, or Swine Flu, the zoo was limited to string and percussion instruments.

According to Skaneateles Music Guild member Patti Carey, the petting zoo is a way to familiarize children with a variety of instruments.

By letting the youngsters experiment with making music, the hope is their interest in music and instruments will grow along with them.

"They love getting to touch and feel the instruments," Guske said.

About 250 seats were set up for people who wanted to sit inside the pavilion and close to the orchestra -- and many more chose to gather outside while the weather was nice and set up lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music from.

According to Kristen Rossi, who spent several hours volunteering to make the evening's event perfect, there were in excess of 1,200 people who came out to enjoy the concert.

"That is record attendance for us at that concert," Rossi said. "We've never had that many people."

Summertime with the Syracuse Symphony was presented by National Grid and sponsored by M&T Bank, the town of Skaneateles and Skaneateles Arts Council.

For updated concert information, call 424-8200 or log on to SyracuseSymphony.org.

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