LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Thousands of local kids trade in their pop and rock and roll music for something a little more refined as part of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra's annual Symphony for Youth Concert.

About 2,500 third, fourth, and fifth graders from the La Crosse area attended the concert of classical music. This year, they performed the Carnival of Animals.

The director of the symphony says it's a great way to showcase a number of instruments to all of the students. It's also a nice stroll down memory lane for the players.

"Classical music is a lifetime journey and it really ideally begins at just the age of these wonderful children at elementary school, that's certainly when my journey began in music, and it's just such a pleasure to give something back to these kids every year," said Alexander Platt, La Crosse Symphony Maestro.

Ronald McDonald was the guest narrator for the 20th year of the concert. The Ronald McDonald House is a major sponsor of the event.