VERO BEACH — A string quartet from the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present another installment of the popular Once Upon an Orchestra musical series at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sat., May 29 at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach.

The musical program for is free with regular admission to McKee Botanical Garden. The Once Upon an Orchestra series is funded through a grant by Indian River Impact 100.

Designed for preschool and kindergarten aged children, the 45-minute outdoor story time will feature "The Story of Rapunzel" by Vero Beach composer R. Michael Daugherty. The musical fairytale of good and evil features a witch, a prince and, of course, Rapunzel. The narrated story includes musical themes for the characters and actions.

"We are so lucky to have the talented Michael Daugherty right here in Vero Beach,” said SCSO Conductor Aaron T. Collins. “He has created an entertaining composition for this series that will help introduce stringed instruments to youngsters."

The program will be narrated by Mr. Collins and will entertain and educate about orchestral instruments in the strings family.

Also on the short program is a fast-paced arrangement, based on a work by Mozart. Hang on as the string quartet follows the narrator's "GPS" directions, to "turn right onto Viola Avenue" or "merge together and play in unison." As the trip progresses, the directions get more and more outlandish with hilarious results.

For more information about Once Upon an Orchestra, call (855) 252-7276 or visit

McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach.

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