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Free Family Concert - Greg Smith

Sunday 8.4 1pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Guest Conductor Karin Hendrickson

Gregory Smith: The Animated Orchestra (Gregory Smith, narrator)

TICKETS: FREE! (but required)

The 2012 premiere of Greg Smith’s The Animated Orchestra was such a thrilling success, we’ve brought it back for an encore performance! The concert begins with a Tour of the Orchestra where kids can make an up-close and personal connection to the different instruments and players. The audience then returns to the hall to hear those same musicians perform the piece—conducted by Karin Hendrickson and narrated by the composer himself—all about an insatiably curious ferret that sneaks into an instrument repair shop. All sorts of hilarious adventures ensue!

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Program Note

The Animated Orchestra (2012)
Gregory Smith (b. 1957)

My earliest experience with educational/family concerts was with Marin Alsop while performing my first work in the genre, Mr. Smith’s Composition, which she also commissioned and premiered.  One of these concerts also included the performance of a Scott Bradley score for a Tom and Jerry cartoon with Marin conducting live to projected film; a death-defying feat.  And now years later when asked to write a new educational concert work for the celebration of the Cabrillo Music Festival’s 50th anniversary, it seems fitting to return to the inspiration of this animation music/live concert experience.

So the new work, The Animated Orchestra, is a narrated work about a cartoon score being performed at symphony concert.  The hero of the cartoon is a ferret. Ferrets are known for their insatiable curiosity and playfulness, and the hero of this cartoon is no exception.  The setting is an instrument repair shop owned and operated by a sleepy older gentleman who lives above the shop.  The ferret inadvertently sneaks in late one night.  His tour of the shop’s instruments yields, let’s just say, interesting sounds.  There’s more to the adventure as things progress beyond the shop and as for the ending…well, I can say with certainty that there is one.

—Gregory Smith

The Animated Orchestra was commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and premiered on August 4, 2012, at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.

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