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The Philadelphia Orchestra Announces 2013-14 Family Concert Series

February 20, 2013

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts One Performance; Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru Leads Remaining Concerts on Series for Young Families and Children

 

(Philadelphia, February 20, 2013)—The Philadelphia Orchestra today announces a series of five Family Concerts for the 2013-14 concert season that will bring the joy of music to families and young children throughout the year. Each themed performance is tailor-made for the younger set and offers a fun and engaging introduction to The Philadelphia Orchestra—bringing the concert experience to life with narrators, storytellers, special guest artists, and more. Pre-Concert Adventures take place prior to each performance in the Perelman Theater and offer interactive opportunities to teach children about the music and instruments they are about to hear in the concert.

The Family Concert series reinforces The Philadelphia Orchestra’s commitment to encouraging children’s love and knowledge of music through engaging experiences designed to delight as well as inform. Programs feature some of the stellar guest artists on the Orchestra’s main series concerts and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin reinforces his commitment to building relationships with younger audiences by conducting the culminating performance in the series. Entitled Mr. Mozart: Musical Genius (April 26), the program features popular works by Mozart and a performance by teenage piano virtuoso Jan Lisiecki, who is also featured on the Orchestra’s subscription season. The remaining four concerts are led by Associate Conductor Cristian Măcelaru and include:

  •  Magical Musical Halloween (October 26): From witches, to goblins, to ghosts galore, children and adults alike will enter the enchanted world of classical music with performances of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, selections from everyone’s favorite wizarding story Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and more. Artists from the acrobatic troupe Cirque de la Symphonie (also featured in their own concerts in January) will join in the fun, performing astonishing acts of imagination and illusion. Concertgoers are invited to come in costume to enjoy a spellbinding adventure filled with musical magic.
  •  Christmas Kids Spectacular! (December 14): Usher in the sounds of the season with what is sure to become a holiday tradition for years to come. Enjoy seasonal classics like selections from The Nutcracker, as well as a vaudeville-inspired reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas by fan-favorite actors Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns. There’s even a spirited sing-along with Santa Claus.
  •  Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (February 1): Once again, actors Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine participate in this fun filled musical adventure, as Valentine narrates Britten’s The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra—widely considered one of the best “guides to the orchestra.” Britten introduces all the instruments in the orchestra to young listeners. The concert also features a whimsical story about a boy named Farkle—performed by Boudewyns—which unfolds against the musical backdrop of Elliot’s The Remarkable Farkle McBride.
  • Pinocchio and Cartoon Classics (March 22): Adults will relive the magic of their favorite cartoon characters, as well as the classic (and lovable) wooden puppet in a Pinocchio and Cartoon Classics program. Nationally-recognized storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston (a regular on the Family Concert series), tells the story of a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy in Michael Gandolfi’s imaginative Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland. This performance will be accompanied by images of artwork created by the audience. Additional cartoon classics come to life with performances of Rossini’s famous overtures to William Tell and The Barber of Seville.

 

Family Concert: Magical Musical Halloween 
October 26 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Cirque de la Symphonie

Program includes:

Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
John Williams Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 

Family Concert: Christmas Kids Spectacular! 
December 14 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Michael Boudewyns Narrator
Sara Valentine Narrator

Program includes:

Tchaikovsky Suite from The Nutcracker
Holcombe ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

 

Family Concert: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra 
February 1 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Michael Boudewyns Narrator
Sara Valentine Narrator

Program includes:

Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Bill Elliott The Remarkable Farkle McBride First Philadelphia Orchestra Performance

 

Family Concert: Pinocchio and Cartoon Classics 
March 22 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru Conductor
Charlotte Blake Alston Narrator

Program includes:

Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
Michael Gandolfi Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland First Philadelphia Orchestra Performance
Rossini Excerpt from Overture to William Tell

 

Family Concert: Mr. Mozart: Musical Genius
April 26 at 11:30 AM – Saturday morning — Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Jan Lisiecki Piano