Jammin' with the Symphony
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Well, OK, I suppose "jamming" is a bit of an exaggeration considering I won't be allowed anywhere near a musical instrument. But on this Saturday, April 7, I will be appearing live and on stage with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra to narrate the orchestra's performance of Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens.
Carnival of the Animals is a children's program in which the musicians interpret various animals -- elephants, donkeys, geese, lions -- with their instruments, and I read the witty, playful poems of Ogden Nash between each movement. It's going to be a lot of fun, and the proceeds benefit a good cause -- the non-profit sinfonia. So if you are free Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. and in the area, come on out to Allentown Symphony Hall in beautiful (OK, I'm being generous here) downtown Allentown, PA. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and the program will last about an hour. I will be available afterward to sign books and say hello. Hope to see some of you there!
Here are the details from the orchestra's press release:
The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra is proud to announce a special family concert performance of “Carnival of the Animals” on Saturday April 7 at 3 pm in Allentown Symphony Hall. This concert will feature best -selling author of “Marley and Me”- John Grogan as narrator in addition to Martha Schrempel and 13 year old local prodigy Vivian Wang, as piano soloists.
The concert is being held in conjunction with the Allentown Easter Egg Hunt, presented by Life Church. It is also being promoted with assistance provided by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to families throughout the region.
The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra has a long standing history of promoting classical concerts to a wide range of audiences in the Lehigh Valley. This concert exemplifies a commitment to expand the cultural offerings to local families that is also maintained throughout the concert year with special student tickets and outreach activities.
Music Director Allan Birney has also programmed “Spring” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” featuring Simon Maurer on violin with the Sinfonia. This will make a well-rounded concert that serves to introduce younger audiences to classical music while also satisfying audiences of all ages that regularly attend Sinfonia performances.
John Grogan will be available after the concert for book signing and children’s activities are being planned with area corporate sponsors.
Tickets are available through the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra for only $10- adults and $5 children (under 13). Please call the Sinfonia office at 610-437-7811 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
posted by John Grogan at 7:06 AM