George Hanson conducted last year’s KinderKonzerts. Michael Hall is on the podium this year, leading up to Sunday’s “The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert” at the Fox Theatre.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

The Tucson Symphony Center has filled up with kiddos this week as part of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s annual KinderKonzert series.

The kids — 3,373 of them mingled in with their teachers and chaperones — from 40 Tucson-area school districts sprawled out on the floor of the center’s performance hall within inches of the TSO musicians. It was OK to squeal, OK to ask questions and perfectly fine with everyone involved if they squirmed a bit at the overwhelming experience of hearing that wall of sound coming from instruments that many of the kids had never seen outside of photographs.

The concerts, under the baton of guest conductor Michael Hall, were a lead-in to Sunday’s “The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert” at Fox Tucson Theatre, the season finale for the orchestra’s Just for Kids series. The orchestra and the TSO String Quartet will perform beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fox, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $5 in advance by calling 882-8585 or $7 at the door.

The program will include Susan Lowell’s Southwest-flavored, musical retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” — “Little Red Cowboy Hat.” TSO assistant principal violist Ilona Vukovic-Gay composed the music.

Lowell will be on hand to sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale.

Sunday’s 50-minute concert also will include storytelling, singalongs and familiar works by Mendelssohn, Grieg and Bizet.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.