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Feathers, fur, fins: A musical salute

Symphony stages 'Animals Alive' family concert at PAC.

Posted: April 1, 2008 3:45 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Symphony will present its annual Family Concert, "Animals Alive," in conjunction with the SCV Youth Orchestra and the Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts, Saturday at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on the campus of College of the Canyons.

Designed to educate and entertain children, the 65-minute concert will feature French composer Camille Saint-Saëns' musical salute to feathers, fur and fin. This zoological program features 14 different movements - each one a different animal - from the first movement of "March of the Royal Lion" through portraits of elephants, donkeys and swans.

A special guest narrator will read the whimsical verses of Ogden Nash as child actors from the Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts perform.

During all of this activity the symphony orchestra will demonstrate and explain to children how instruments are playing to characterize the different animals.

Each child in attendance will receive a special Carnival of the Animals coloring book that includes a listening guide. The book also includes background on the music and the composer, a guide to the instruments, a glossary of terms and crayons.

The program - which also includes "Greensleeves," Mozart "Concerto No. 3," and Ernest Bloch "Piano Concerto Grosso" - will feature special performances by virtuoso youth pianists Tyler Linahan and Alex Monsour.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at or by calling the performing arts center box office at (661) 362-5304. For more information, contact the symphony at (661) 284-6044.


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