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Nirvana Guernsey and others practice music from “Frozen.”
Nirvana Guernsey and others practice music from “Frozen.” Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

It’s been a long hot summer, but it will be “Frozen” this weekend with an event aimed at introducing young children to music appreciation.

Nirvana Guernsey, a flute and piccolo player with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, offers a program for preschool and school-age children featuring music and themes from the popular Disney animated feature. The program is 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in the lecture room downstairs across from the children’s section at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

“It kind of gives the kids an introduction to music. A lot of kids that age haven’t even held an instrument,” said Bernice Chang, children’s specialist at the library. “They’ll make the story come alive through music. I’m anticipating that a lot of kids will come dressed up.”

Guernsey conducted a similar program a few weeks ago, focused on the children’s classic tale “Peter Pan,” Chang said. It was a huge hit, and Chang said they hope to continue with further programs.

Guernsey said it’s a chance for children to learn and have fun at the same time. She said it goes beyond the “Peter and the Wolf”-type programs that simply show children an instrument and what it sounds like.

“I wanted to get them more exposed to classical pieces and to listen to pieces that they might enjoy,” Guernsey said.

To get participants in the mood, she will open by performing excerpts from “L’invero (Winter),” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”; and “Walking in the Air,” from the animated version of “The Snowman,” the acclaimed 1978 children’s book.

Guernsey will separate participants into three groups, based on the characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf/Kristoff. She will have props and instruments, but encourages children to bring their own, if they wish.

“It’s definitely good to come in costume and to practice the songs if they know them,” Guernsey said. “I let the kids play with the instruments and it’s like ... they can get up and actually be part of it. It’s a little bit free-form.”

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