Broad Stage – Saturday Morning Mash Ups

January 12, 2011

The stage before the show.

I am always in awe of the spectacular musical talents who choose to entertain our children with love, passion, spirit, and fun. That was the energy we experienced at the Broad Stage this past Saturday for their first ever Saturday Morning Mash Ups series. Rachel Worby conducted the Angeli Ensemble with narration by spoken word artists Steve Connell and Sekou “The Misfit” Andrews. The first of the series was Camille Saint-Saen’s The Carnival of the Animals, which featured Lynn Harrell on the cello. The show was an enjoyable dissection of Saint-Saen’s inspiration for the piece – the animals – and how an instrument could take on the sound of an animal – the flute for birds, the bass for an elephant, xylophone for the dinosaur bones, the clarinet for the coo coo bird, and the cello for the swan. Conductor, Rachel Worby demonstrated the can-can with pianist, Gavin Martin, first in regular speed and then in slow motion to visually represent how Saint-Saen used the popular-at-the-time, Can-Can to depict the slow moving turtle. While I was familiar with The Carnival of the Animals and played it for Mishy prior to the concert, this presentation was an educational joy and being present and in the midst of such fun, it didn’t seem like learning – which in my opinion – is the best kind of learning. (Mishy has experienced several magical musical moments – one which was a concert by YoYo Ma at a private residence – and this concert rates as a highlight.)

They have two more upcoming concerts in this year’s series – Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf on Feb. 12th, 2011 at 10Am and 11:30AM, and Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra on Saturday, March 12th at 10Am and 11:30AM. The Broad Stage is located in Santa Monica. It feels like an intimate concert hall where every seat has terrific views of the stage. They also have one of the most comfortable bathroom lounges. Tickets for the concert are $20-$35.


Bonus photo:

Mishy playing outside Broad Stage - after the concert.


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