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“Carnival of the Animals” Poetry Contest

Composer Camille Saint-Saëns wrote beautiful music about us, the Carnival of the Animals. But some of us need new poems so we can be introduced at the Diablo Symphony Orchestra’s family concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts on June 19, 2022! So we are asking you to write a poem inspired by that music! This is how it works:

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Listen to the movements and let the music inspire you. Then pick one of the following animals and write a poem that describes that animal and what you hear about it in the music. ANIMALS THAT NEED A POEM: Lion; Elephant; Kangaroo; Swan; Hens and Roosters; Long-eared Donkey; Fish; Dinosaur Bones; Tortoise; Wild Ass; and A PIANO TEACHER

Send your creation by June 3, 2022 to:
[email protected]

The winners’ poems will be read as introductions to the animals during our performance on June 19. There will be a winning poem for each animal, and all winners will receive a free adult ticket to the concert!

Thank you so much!!!

Drawing by Gini Holmes