La Follia's season opening concert is a family friendly concert featuring great Classical music celebrating our furry and feathered friends, including a performance of Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals.
Special guests are Robert Faires, narrator; Maimy Fong, with Scott Donald, piano; Tim O'Brien, bass-baritone; Jenifer Thyssen and Meredith Ruduski, sopranos; Elise Winters-Huete, concertmaster; and Jeffrey-Jones Ragona, conductor. With a special (virtual) appearance by Nora the Piano Cat in the Catcerto!
Although music of the Baroque and Early Classical period is La Follia's "bread and butter", we occasionally enjoy presenting concerts on modern instruments which offer a wide range of repertoire based around a theme. And so it is here, where we present Baroque, Romantic, and modern music which all share a fascination with our animal friends, in a format that the whole family can enjoy.
Please note that children under 6 are not allowed in the sanctuary, but can enjoy the show when supervised in the narthex adjacent, where the concert will be broadcast.
Handel - Larghetto and Allegro from the Organ Concerto in F major "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"
Copland - I bought me a cat
Barry - Crazy Dog
Telemann - Allegro from the Concerto in A major, TWV 51:A4 ("The Frogs")
Poulenc/Jean de Brunhoff- Coronation and Wedding from L'Historie de Babar (Robert Faires, narrator)
Rossini - Cat duet
Bach/Stokowski - Sheep may safely graze
Mussorgsky - Mephistopheles "Song of the Flea"
Saint-Saëns/Ogden Nash- Carnival of the Animals (Robert Faires, narrator)