`Little Mozart' is BSO family series' opening concert

Narrated programs are aimed at children 3-6.

Family: events, activities

October 23, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Spend a beautiful day in the neighborhood Saturday. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Little Mozart's Neighborhood," a program for children on the famous composer's life as a small boy, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Conductor Lara Webber leads the BSO in works such as "Turkish March" from the Piano Sonata in A major, the Minuet from Don Giovanni, excerpts from "The Sleigh Ride" from Three German Dances and the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

Narrator Rheda Becker will be featured in the program, along with actors and singers from the Baltimore School for the Arts. The program is geared to children ages 3 to 6 and their parents. Tickets are $12, $15 and $18.

The program opens the symphony's 2003-2004 Family Concert Series, which includes five other shows, all led by conductor Webber and narrated by Becker.

On Dec. 6, the BSO and Landis & Company's Enchantment Theatre present a family concert of Stravinsky's Firebird suite. Based on a Russian folk tale, the program includes puppetry, magic and shadow play.

The violins, violas, cellos and basses will take center stage at the Feb. 7 program, "Sensational Strings," which will show off the versatility of the string section with pieces ranging from Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Mirlitons" from The Nutcracker to traditional Irish jigs and reels.

The story of Cinderella will come to life Feb. 28 as the BSO and Landis & Company's Enchantment Theatre present "The Magic of Cinderella." On the program will be selections from Prokofiev's Cinderella, Rossini's finale from the Overture to William Tell and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1.

It'll be all about the letter "B" at the April 24 show, "Babar and the Busy B's." Visitors will hear the tale of Babar as the BSO plays Poulenc's The Story of Babar, and artist Georgia Chantiles-Ruby creates a huge storybook on stage.

Other works include Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, Bach's finale from the Third Movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven's "Turkish March" from The Ruins of Athens.

Music and art meld at the series finale on May 1, called "Pictures at an Exhibition." Baltimore School for the Arts dancers bring the paintings that inspired Mussorgsky's masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition, to life. Also featured will be Daugherty's "Red-Cape Tango" from The Metropolis Symphony.

The Family Series of BSO programs takes place Saturday, Dec. 6, Feb. 7, Feb. 28, April 24 and May 1 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Times may vary. Tickets are $12-$18. Call 410-783-8000.

For more family events, see Page 47.

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