The thing about a symphony orchestra is that its members don’t usually run around and wade into their audience, wear technicolor T-shirts and tennis shoes, and use their instruments as props. National performing arts group Tales & Scales, however, has turned the stuffy image of classical musicians on its head. Critics had to invent a new term, “musictelling,” to describe their innovative performances for children. The quartet–composed of a flutist, percussionist, bass trombonist and clarinetist–combines music, dance, story and theater to create magical retellings of well known fairy tales. The ArtsCenter of Carrboro will be hosting the company for a weeklong residency beginning Feb. 21. During their visit to the Triangle, the group will perform at The ArtsCenter, and in auditoriums and classrooms of area schools and libraries. For more information, contact Stacie Sanders at 929-2787.–Mark W. Hornburg