Pacific Symphony Presents HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE, 10/26
It's a party on stage! More than just a ghoulishly great way to celebrate, Pacific Symphony's "Halloween Masquerade" showcases the music and traditions of Halloween as well as two Latin American holidays-Día de los Muertos and Día de las Mascaradas. This Family Musical Mornings concert, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, is both spooky fun and educational, featuring thrilling and mysterious Halloween favorites such as John Williams' "Hedwig's Theme" from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Plus, selections from Stravinsky's "The Firebird" are magically coupled with famous Latin American compositions to inspire imaginations and introduce children to different cultures. The concert takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $19-39; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
Led by Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the 45-minute concert also includes Carlos Guzmán's "Costa Rican Inspirations," an example of music played during the Día de las Mascaradas, Arturo Márquez' Danzon No. 2, featuring an interactive rhythm activity with the audience, and José Pablo Moncayo's festive "Huapango," ending the concert with a big dance celebration. Taking the audience on this musical adventure across the three holidays is a story written and directed by Joe Lauderdale, which features Maria Simeone as the Shadow Sorcerer and three children played by Blake Kenzie, Charlotte Rubino and Laura Gutiérrez.
"I think it is very important to give our children opportunities to enjoy as many different types and genres of high-quality music as possible," says Gutiérrez. "Latin American music is rich in cultural traditions reflected through its melodies, rhythms and dances. With this cultural crossover, families will enjoy wonderful and diverse music, learn about some of its different components, and also learn about the strong connections between Halloween in the U.S., Día de los Muertos in most Latin American countries, especially in Mexico, and Día de las Mascaradas, of my home country, Costa Rica."
Children and their families are invited to come dressed in a costume or mask, and also attend the Musical Carnival beginning at 9:15 a.m. (for the 10 a.m. concert) and 12:15 p.m. (for the 11:30 a.m. concert). Children may participate in a variety of hands-on activities including Ask the Orchestra, Meet the Musicians, mask and pumpkin decorating, Rhythm Station and a costume parade around musical chairs.
The show opens with the mysterious sounding Introduction and "Infernal Dance of King Kashchei" from Stravinsky's "The Firebird," as the audience catches a glimpse of the elusive Shadow Sorcerer, who lurks around the orchestra. Stravinsky's ballet has its origins in Russian folktales about the magical firebird, whose body and feathers glow red, orange and yellow and is considered both a blessing and a curse to those who capture it (because the captor becomes a hero but the task is an arduous one).