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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 18, No. 1 September 2012

Family-Friendly Concerts

by John Delva / September 1, 2012

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As part of its Children’s Corner series, the OSM will present Beethoven Lives Upstairs, the story of a nineteenth century child whose neighbor, Ludwig van Beethoven, seems odd until the boy begins grasping the complexities behind the composer’s work. The show will be conducted by Nathan Brock on October 21. www.osm.ca

The TSO will welcome Jack Prelutsky for a show named after one of the American Children’s Poet Laureate’s poems, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant. He will narrate his text as the orchestra plays Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals. Behind them, there will be a mash up of projected animal images and everyday objects (October 27). www.tso.ca.

I Musici’s new artistic director, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, invites the public to a celebration of childhood with the concert Mirrors of Childhood. On the program is Ravel’s Ma mère L’Oye, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s Symphony no. 4, arranged for chamber orchestra by Klaus Simon. Soprano Hélène Guilmette will solo in the Barber and Mahler. (September 28). www.imusici.com

This fall, L’Arsenal à Musique presents two multimedia productions of Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. The first show will take place in October and is presented by Canada’s National Arts Centre with Alain Trudel as conductor and Lorena Corradi and Reggi Ettore as soloist narrators. (www.nac-cna.ca) Then, in November, the show stops at the Grand Théâtre de Québec where the Quebec Symphony Orchestra will host the show. Airat Ichmouratov will conduct. www.osq.org

Combining two seemingly distinct worlds, Video Games Live, presented at the National Arts Centre, will appeal to both music lovers and fans of video games. The orchestral presentation, boasting lasers, video and live action, will perform themes from some of the most popular games in history, including Zelda, Final Fantasy and Warcraft (October 29). www.nac-cna.ca

Exploring the theme of repetition in music, Return of Count Blacula will be presented by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra at Grassroots Church on Halloween weekend (October 29). Conductor-in-Residence Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser will direct the concert that will bring back Count Blacula, who debuted last season. Spectators are invited to come dressed in costume. www.tbso.ca

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