The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra to Present its Annual Family Concert, THE LOST ELEPHANT, 2/8

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Family Concert, The Lost Elephant, with Dan Kamin on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00pm and 3:30pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. These concerts are designed for the entire family to enjoy. Families are invited to attend 'Meet the Musicians' at 1:15pm or 4:30pm for an interactive experience with ASO musicians and their instruments. Tickets to the Family Concerts are $12 in all sections, and the performances are recommended for ages 4 and up. Tickets are available by calling the ASO Box Office at 410-263-0907 or online at www.annapolissymphony.org.

Elmer the Elephant has escaped from the zoo, and he's on a collision course with the Annapolis Symphony. Dan Kamin, who created Johnny Depp's physical comedy routines in "Benny and Joon" and trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance in "Chaplin," joins the orchestra for The Lost Elephant. He'll conjure up a jungle full of animals with a few simple props, his amazing movement skills, and the music of the ASO. It's a thrilling show for kids and a great way to introduce them to classical music.

Kamin plays a zookeeper frantically searching for Elmer, his missing elephant. When he shows up at the concert hall Elmer is nowhere in sight, but a host of other creatures are magically summoned up by the music: A large bumblebee terrorizes Kamin during Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee"; he involuntarily becomes a galloping horseman to Rossini's "William Tell Overture"; and when the orchestra plays Camille Saint-Saëns' haunting "Swan," he finds himself dancing a romantic adagio, a la Fred Astaire, with a life-sized doll. Eventually, conductor José-Luis Novo and narrator Susan Chapek lure the elusive pachyderm to the hall by playing some elephant-friendly music and putting out cake-baking ingredients. It seems that Elmer has a sweet tooth, and he can't resist the opportunity to bake a cake-right in front of the audience.




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