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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 for more information.

posted by John Grogan at 7:06 AM


Blogger Carol said...

Hey Jonh,
My name is Carol, i´m from Brazil and I have almost 24 years!
I loved your book!
I´m finished right now, and this is the first think that i do now! Write for you to say congratulations!!!!
Your book is simply wonderful! I cried very reading its history, because he is pretty and simple. Until the things most banal if they become very important when we stop to perceive that they are the time there all.

I do journalism here, and now I know how much it is important to write to not only keep the informed reader, but to the times to demonstrate to opinion and feeling on definitive subjects.

I ask for excuses for my bad English. I liveed for four months in the United States, I very learned but it enough not to write a letter! E I am thankful for the lesson that can be taken off of its book. Marley, the incorrigible dog was without doubts the best dog of the world.

Say hi to Jenny and the childrens!


8:12 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Hey John,
my name is Betty, I'm Italian and I absolutely loved your book (who didn't?).
It has been a month since I finished reading it and from then I started telling everyone to read "Marley and me".
I was wandering...are you ever coming to Italy? (please, pleeease!)

9:43 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Hello John z~
Your blog back to me was so lovely.I thank you for spending the time to write back.
I just wanted to tell you...first of all, I appreciated your sharing Cassie and your last loving hours together with me. I was teary-eyed as I read of your combing and cleaning Cassie before she was to go to the vet for her last visit.
I smiled as I read the part about what a "model" patient Cassie always was when it was vet visit time. My Rosie is like that too. Never makes a scene, and always on her best matter the situation.
The flowers arriving from your sister ...the timing was amazing.Cassie's departure was already in the offing, whether you had known it or not.(if that makes any sense) I believe in things like that. The unseen, the unfelt,..the spiritual, I guess one might say.
I am glad that you and your dear wife Diana were there to hold Cassie till the end of her last breaths,.
I watch Rose and Sam gimping along just to be always by our sides .I pray every day that as I return from work, all 3 will be lined up at the top of the stairs , greeting me.That is of course the best part of the day! :=)I hope for the strength it will take to say goodbye, and see them to the very end.
I thank you for means alot to me.
Blessings to you and your Diana.
Janet <.^^.> angels wings

10:40 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

John--Would you mind if I used the following quote (giving you full credit) in a book I'm writing for aspiring writers? It includes tips by established authors. Loved this comment in your Q&A and thought it would fit in well. ~Suzanne Woods Fisher

What advice do you have for writers?

A. Take the Civil Service exam and hope for a job at the Post Office. No, no, no. Keep a journal and write every day, even when it seems impossible. Read really good writers, and re-read the best parts aloud. Write about what you know and care about. Believe in yourself and your voice. And here's what I consider the most important part: Take your finished piece and cut it by 20 percent. Relax, you can always restore the lost text. You'll be surprised how seldom you will feel the need. In my own work, tighter is almost always better.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Hi John.

My name is Becky and I am 21 and from Liverpool England. I just felt the need to write because I bought your book last week and just last night finished it. I loved the book – it really, really touched me probably more then you’ll ever realise. I have a dog with my fiancé – Meg. She is a cross breed (we think half black Labrador, half whippet) and is just one year old. We rescued her from the dog shelter when she was just 12 weeks old after she dumped by her previous owners but as we always say – it was the best thing that could have happened to her as no one will love her like we do! I completely understand how you must have felt as Marley got older and you knew his time was coming. I have never lost a dog before but Meg to us is like a child – we have no children of our own and she is our substitute – she sleeps on our bed with us, eats whatever we leave from our dinner plates, comes everywhere we are possibly allowed to take her and even gets presents and cards “to our daughter” when it’s Christmas and her birthday! Even our family who at first thought we were nuts to treat a dog in such a way have now succumbed and buy her presents too – she is one of the family and even though she is only young and has plenty of life and we have many years of enjoyment from her to make memories I hope will be as funny and entertaining as Marley’s, I still worry of the day she will no longer be there, jumping all over me when I return home from work and pushing me out the bed as she stretches and lounges herself comfortable for the night! As I say, I finished Marley last night and I cried so much I eventually cried myself to sleep. Then this morning, to my utter horror and embarrassment, I began to think about the book on the bus on my way to work and tears were rolling down my cheeks before I could control them! I honestly feel like I know Marley and that I have my own personal loss to get over now he is gone. This is obviously ridiculous because I only know him from your book – but that’s what a brilliant writer such as yourself does – captures the reader in believing they have a place in the world of the book and that’s what you done to me – captured me heart and made me feel like Marley was special not only to you and Jenny and the children, but to me personally. I am not sure about your living arrangements at the moment – do you still live in the same house with the Cherry tree and Marley’s grave? I know you probably receive hundreds of thousands of letters and emails every day about your book and Marley but if you could possibly have the time do you think you could maybe put a flower or a small branch on his grave and tell him it’s from me “Becky Roberts”. Your book, and your dog have truly touched my life and I will never, ever forget Marley and his story as long as I live. Thank you so much for telling it. If you would like to write back to me my email address is and you are welcome to write back any time.

3:41 AM  

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