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Natalie Berg plays the newssie in a performance of “Gershwin’s Magic Key.” The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present the Young People’s Concert on November 16 at the Blennerhassett School. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present “Gershwin’s Magic Key” a concert for young people on November 16 at Blennerhassett School in Parkersburg.

Area schools and students are invited to join the symphony as the orchestra enters the streets of 1920s New York where a newspaper boy has a chance encounter with famed composer George Gershwin. Together they explore the many sights and sounds of the city.

As the orchestra weaves Gershwin’s greatest hits into the drama, the master songwriter shares his musical inspiration and quickly learns that his new friend has musical talent, too. But can the boy find the magic key to unleashing his own musical potential?

Developed by Classical Kids Live!, pre-concert lesson plans are available for students in grades 3-5 and cover math, history, English language arts, and performance notes and etiquette .

All performances start at 9:45 a.m. and 11:35 a.m.

Admission for students is $4. A school guide is admitted free of charge for every 10 pupils. Admission for all additional adults is $4.

Financial assistance for travel or admission costs is available upon request through support from the EQT Foundation, Bernard H. & Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation, Daywood Foundation Inc., Herscher Foundation, Katharine B. Tierney Charitable Foundation, Fund for the Arts, FirstEnergy Foundation, Kanawha County Schools, National Endowment for the Arts, and West Virginia Department of Arts Culture and History.

Shows are also planned in Charleston and Clarksburg.

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