Spring is in the air at the 50th annual Lollipop Concert at the DECC

By KBJR News 1

March 23, 2014 Updated Mar 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It was a banner day for the Youth Symphony Orchestra Sunday as they celebrated the 50th annual Lollipop Concert at the DECC Auditorium, in Duluth.

Once a simple musical show, the concert has grown over the years and now consists of three orchestras, a percussion ensemble, harp ensemble, and this year special guests the Duluth East high school Choralaires.

This year's theme was "Imagination Takes Flight", featuring soaring musical pieces accompanied by images of flight from popular children's films.

Prior to the first note of the night, children could partake in origami lessons and learn about wildlife with live animals from the Lake Superior Zoo.

Event organizers say the goal of the concert is to put on a show that puts kids at ease while introducing them to the orchestra scene.

"We really like to make children feel at home here, and orchestra concerts aren't really snooty things where you have to dress up and you have to be careful not to talk," Youth Sympathy Orchestra conductor Kevin Hoeschen. "You know, relax and enjoy it – laugh a little bit and, you know, just enjoy the sounds and images."

And just in case you were wondering, the concert takes its name from the tradition of handing out lollipops to each child in attendance.

Billy Wagness