Tubby the Tuba tantalizes teens and tots at a Children's Concert at Redwood Elementary School in years past.
The Symphony of the Redwoods performed its 11th annual Children’s Concert on Friday, September 26, 2014. Over 2000 local children from five schools on the Mendocino Coast attended one of three performances at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg. The Symphony performs these concerts annually with the goal to excite young people about listening, playing, or just having orchestral and classical music in their lives.
This year the Symphony of the Redwoods performed the music of John Williams’ film score for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
. The exciting, mysterious, weird and challenging music consisted of five movements, including Witches, Wands, and Wizards; Aunt Marge’s Waltz; The Knight Bus; A Bridge to the Past;
and Double Trouble
. The final movement included both the Mendocino and Fort Bragg High School choirs who had been sitting quietly behind the orchestra’s risers, essentially invisible. On cue, they popped up to surprise the audience and were greeted with applause and laughter.
Tess Albin-Smith acted as narrator and explained what each section of music was about. In between movements, the musicians demonstrated their instruments to augment the student’s understanding of the sounds coming out of the orchestra.
Contributions make it possible to provide children’s concerts as well as free admission to all students for all Symphony and Opus Chamber Music concerts. Donations to Symphony of the Redwoods can be designated for the Children’s Concert.