Starting Saturday, September 9th, you can enjoy a brand new weekly feature: Saturday Morning Car Tunes. Saturdays at 8:15am and 3:15pm, Solomon Reynolds tosses you inside the orchestra pit for a deep dive into classical music and orchestral instruments. Why does the viola play second fiddle to the violin? Where are some surprising places to hear the bassoon? What even is a clarinet? This fun and funky feature is approximately 5 minutes and perfect for families en route to Saturday activities.

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September 9th: The Clarinet

Whether it’s taking a starring role in the slurpy introduction to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, flowing gracefully in a concerto by Mozart, or imitating a cat or donkey, the clarinet is one of the most versatile of instruments. Solomon shows some of the many different sounds and personalities clarinets can have in their musical toolbox.

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September 16th: The Cello

Cello? It’s a bass! It can go low and it can go high, as shown by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, and AC/DC. Tune in this Saturday to hear the latest episode of Car Tunes.

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September 23rd: The Guitar

From the time of its “really old uncle” the lute, all the way through its electrified descendants, the Guitar can play both melody and accompaniment on its six strings. We’ll take a tour of how it’s changed over its four-hundred (or so) year history, with stops in Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Mexico!

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September 30th: The Flute

Peace. Calm. The early morning. Debussy, John Williams, Michael Jackson, and Lizzo introduce us to the world’s first musical instrument. Whether it’s made out of an animal horn, wood, silver or gold, a flute becomes more than just a hollow tube when air is blown across it in the right way!

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More about Solomon:

A native of Houston, TX, Samoan American tenor Solomon Reynolds has equal passions for classical music and indie pop. Solomon is a three-time Encouragement Award recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition in the Houston, Utah, and Los Angeles Districts. He recently performed as Perchik in the First Nat’l Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Tony-Award winning director Bartlett Sher. In addition to stage roles, Solomon is also an active singer-songwriter under his artist name, Solly.

Read more about all the new shows and features coming this fall here.