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  • SING A SONG! - The Orchestra and Voice
  • Apr. 5, 2003
  • 2002/2003 Toyota Symphonies for Youth




    Pre-Concert Activities Start at 10 AM

    The 2002/2003 Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert series featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic continues with Sing-a-Song! - The Orchestra and Voice with Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, narrator John de Lancie, and the Los Angeles Children's Chorus on Saturday, April 5 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Families are invited to take part in the pre-concert activities including arts, crafts, dance, and storytelling beginning at 10 a.m. with the one-hour concert following at 11 a.m.

    Sing-a-Song! - The Orchestra and Voice is an abridged production of Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel, the story of two siblings who find themselves in a gingerbread house with a wicked witch who has fiendish plans. The semi-staged concert features a big screen above the orchestra with live projection of the performing musicians.

    Throughout the season, the Toyota Symphonies for Youth concerts have been exploring orchestral music's relation to other art forms and showcasing this to children in an effort to create an exciting and accessible way to appreciate the arts. Already this season, concerts have included live actors, ballet, award-winning children's artwork, and now with Sing-a-Song! - The Orchestra and Voice, children are able to learn more about the vocal arts by attending a live mini-opera.

    Held on Saturday mornings, Toyota Symphonies for Youth is an entertaining series of concerts designed for children ages 5-11 and their families. Families should plan to arrive early and spend the morning making music, meeting musicians, listening to stories, learning to sing, and
    creating art projects with all activities revolving around the day's featured musical theme. Actor John de Lancie, best known as "Q" on Star Trek, The Next Generation, returns for a fifth season as host.

    The 2002/2003 season, the eighth year that Toyota has sponsored the series, includes one more Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Hooray for Hollywood - Music and the Movies on May 10, 2003.

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth receives additional support from the following: Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, Morgan Stanley, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the California Arts Council, a State agency. Toyota Symphonies for Youth are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Conductor MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA is one of America's most exciting young conductors. Currently Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, he also serves as associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director of the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. In North America, his active guest-conducting schedule includes appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Abroad, he has appeared with the Birmingham Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, NDR Orchestra (both Hamburg and Hanover), Madrid National Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony, among others. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Tanglewood, BBC Proms, Hollywood Bowl (for which he received an Emmy), Interlochen, Oregon Bach, Avanti (Helsinki), and Adelaide. He received the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award this year.

    Host JOHN DE LANCIE's career spans the areas of stage, movies, and television where he has proven himself to be an actor, director, and producer of note. He has appeared in nearly 100 TV shows, including his best-known role as Picard's bothersome adversary "Q" on Star Trek, The Next Generation. He co-owns, with Leonard Nimoy, Alien Voices (a production company), which has produced projects for Simon & Schuster, TNT, New Line, The Sci-Fi Channel, and California School Systems. De Lancie's love of music began as a child in Philadelphia, where he listened to Saturday night concerts at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. He has performed as a speaker and narrator with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony.


    Sing a Song! - The Orchestra and Voice

    SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 11 AM (pre-concert activities begin at 10 AM)

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth

    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles


    MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA, conductor

    JOHN DE LANCIE, host

    Program to include:

    Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (abridged)

    TICKETS ($11-13) are extremely limited for all performances and are on sale at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000.

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  • Contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323.850.2047; Scalla Sheen, 323.850.2015