DINOSAURS! Booms Into Pacific Symphony Lineup Today
Shades of Jurassic Park! Big booming sounds from the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ and dino-mite music performed by Pacific Symphony combine with authentic footage from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) to create a family-fun musical expedition into the prehistoric world of "Dinosaurs!" Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, this Family Musical Mornings concert features a 66-pound dinosaur puppet, plus videos and still images of dinosaurs, fossils and paleontologists at work, provided by the NHM. Filled with dinosaur-inspired music, children and families are guided by paleontologist Dr. Olivia Mattis (Bree Burgess Rosen) and her young assistant Sammy (Coleton Ray) in a hunt for clues in the music to reveal the identity of a mystery dinosaur. An imaginative spectacle, "Dinosaurs!" sets the mood for the little T-Rex or Stegosaurus hoping to uncover the mysteries of natural history.
Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the orchestra is joined by organist Kristen Lawrence, as well as Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) playing side by side the professional musicians, for a performance of John Williams' "Jurassic Park"; James Newton Howard's "The Egg Travels" from the Disney film, "Dinosaur"; Verdi's Overture to "La Forza del Destino" and selections from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" and Saint Saëns' "Organ" Symphony.
Taking place today, March 8, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the concert is written and directed by Symphony favorite Joe Lauderdale, who also provides costumes and props. Tickets are $19-$39. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit PacificSymphony.org.
"I didn't know much about dinosaurs until my son, Marco, turned 4 years old," reflects Maestro Gutiérrez. "He was so excited to learn about dinosaurs that he became an expert on the subject, and because of Marco, I learned a bit about dinosaurs, too. I am so happy to share some of what I learned with our family audience, and more importantly, to share some beautiful and inspiring music."
Appealing to kids of all ages, but especially those ages 5-11, this 45-minute concert is designed to introduce children to the rich world of classical music with storytelling and music selections that are fun for the entire family. With the help of the orchestra, actors and spotlight instrument, the organ, children are taken on a path to learn about dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.