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Project ESME: "Carnival of the Animals at the John Ball Zoo" (Student Orchestra Sign-up)

Project ESME and the E.C.H.O. Student Orchestra present “Carnival of the Animals," an interactive concert experience for all ages at the John Ball Zoo! String students can sign up for free to perform with us on this exciting musical storytelling experience at the Zoo!

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Project ESME: "Carnival of the Animals at the John Ball Zoo" (Student Orchestra Sign-up)
Project ESME: "Carnival of the Animals at the John Ball Zoo" (Student Orchestra Sign-up)

Time & Location

Jun 12, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA


String students can sign up today for free to perform with us on “Carnival of the Animals,” an exciting live concert experience for all ages on June 12th at the John Ball Zoo!  Presented as an interactive musical storytelling experience, the show features Project ESME and West Michigan public school students performing ESME arranged selections from Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” at the John Ball Zoo.  Project ESME performers for this concert include violinist Gene Hahn, cellist Jeremy Crosmer and dancer Sarah Marley of the Grand Rapids Ballet.  


Rehearsal dates are listed below.  Attending all rehearsals is not required however we recommend attending as many rehearsals as possible.  Rehearsal times will take place sometime between 5:00pm and 7:00pm and exact times will be confirmed and updated on this page by Friday May 19th, 12:00pm.  When registering, students must indicate in the appropriate section any rehearsal dates that they cannot attend AND any time portions between 5:00pm and 7:00pm that they are unavailable for the rehearsal dates that they plan to attend.  This information will allow us to create the most ideal schedule for all participants.

Rehearsal Dates

Sat. May 20 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Mon May 22 @ 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Fri May 26 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Thurs June 1 @ 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Fri June 2 @ 5:00pm - 5:45pm

Mon June 5 @ 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Thurs June 8 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Sat. June 10 @ 5:00 - 6:00pm

Concert - Monday June 12 @  3:30-5:30pm


Rehearsals will be held at:

Rivertown Crossings, Conference Room on east side of the mall.

3700 Rivertown Pkwy, Grandville, MI 49418

June 12th Concert will be held at: 

John Ball Zoo

1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Sheet music pdfs will be emailed to participating students after sign-up.

For further questions/details about this event email us at

Project ESME is a 501c3 performing arts and arts education non-profit based in Grand Rapids creating community engagement and music education programs in West Michigan that serve students from underserved area schools, low-income households and diverse communities.

Project ESME's programs blend and fuse world class classical training and performance with an eclectic range of popular music genres to create more holistic, accessible and inclusive arts education outreach programs. These projects include community public outreach student performances, such as our "ESME at Celebration Cinema" concert series, neighborhood pop-up performances, summer camps for students, clinics for underserved public school orchestras and after school programs for student orchestra that offer free private and group lessons, workshops and youth training seminars.

To make a tax-free donation to Project ESME programming go to:

This concert is presented as part of Project ESME's E.P.I.C. (ESME Pop-up Interactive Community) Concert Series in partnership with Grand Rapids Public School's Zoo School and supported by the Wege Foundation and Steelcase Foundation.


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