The Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will host their annual Family Concert on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., at 4 p.m. This year’s concert features the combined forces of the Longmont Youth Symphony and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the winner of the LSO Young Artist Competition and author/narrator Jack Prelutsky.
The Family Concert will feature music for all ages including the following performances: Circus Parade by Bamert, the Young Artist Competition Winner, Symphony No. 2 (Finale) by Sibelius and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant by Richman. Poet Prelutsky will narrate the concert.
Prelutsky is the author of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and more than 70 poetry collections. He was named a U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006. He has been writing for over 45 years, but he began his career as a folk singer in coffeehouses. His poetry is deeply entwined with music, so Prelutsky has taken to the stage in recent years. His appearance with the Longmont Symphony will delight concertgoers of every age.
In anticipation of Prelutsky’s visit, the Longmont Public Library is helping the symphony celebrate. The library is hosting a Jack Prelutsky Art Challenge where kids can submit art inspired by Prelutsky’s poetry. Submissions are being accepted through Saturday, Jan. 6, and the first 25 artists who submit their work to the library will receive two free tickets to the January 27 concert. All of the artwork submitted will be on display at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium for the concert.
The Longmont Youth Symphony features young musicians from the St. Vrain Valley and surrounding communities. The organization provides resources for young musicians to develop their musical abilities through the guidance of professional leadership and direction. They perform public concerts throughout the year including one with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and one with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra.
The LSO’s Andrew D. Keller Young Artist Competition allows musicians in 1st through 12th grade to submit their work for consideration of the award. Submissions must include a performance, by memory, of one movement or section of a concerto or other form for which orchestral accompaniment is readily available. In addition to monetary prizes, one or more winners is selected to perform with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. This year’s winner(s) will be announced at the family concert.
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating their 51st season with new musical director Elliot Moore. The season, entitled “New Frontiers” is an exciting one for the new director, “We’re thrilled to present music by two world-renowned local composers being brought to Longmont audiences for the first time: the 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist Carter Pann and Longmont-based composer Michael Udow. We’ll also feature a diverse mix of classical, pops and family concerts for a season to be remembered for its compelling musical narratives,” said Moore. For additional information about the Longmont Symphony or Moore, visit longmontsymphony.org.
Tickets for the Family Concert on January 27 are $25/Adult, $22/Seniors (60+) and Active Military, $5/ Students (12-18 years old) and Children 11 and under are FREE. Buy your tickets today here.