There’s no shortage of classical compositions about disaster, heartbreak, loss and devastation. But, there are also plenty of joyful, light-hearted pieces that act as fantastic gateways for newcomers to the genre. The Santa Cruz Symphony has rounded up four mostly classical pieces to introduce the younger set to the wonders of the symphony, performing Lennon and McCartney’s “Beatles Guide to the Orchestra,” “Aquarium” from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of Animals, Louis Prima’s “Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing),” and the Finale to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The performance promises to be a lively, engaging time for the whole family.

INFO: Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. $8-$12. 426-6966.

WANT TO GO? Go to before 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the performance.

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