Oakland symphony turns library into petting zoo

From Mercury News

” The Oakland Symphony won’t be shushed, not even at the library.In hopes of inspiring youngsters onto a musical path, its musicians this summer have been holding “petting zoos” in library community rooms.”It’s kind of chaotic,” said Beth Vandervennet, cellist and symphony education coordinator.Oakland residents of all ages are taking to their presentations, a half-hour of demonstrations and music, followed by a half-hour free-for-all in which instruments of every orchestral description — strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion — are up for grabs to anyone who wants to try them.”