Nicholas Mcgegan

Family Concert

Cellist Steven Isserlis

Cellist Steven Isserlis

The 2014 Family Concert:
Steven Isserlis and the 3 C’s: Classical Cello Concertos

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 4 pm – 5pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

Join us for the annual Family Concert, a FREE event designed for children ages 4-12 in Berkeley’s First Congregational Church. Guest artist (and children’s book author) Steven Isserlis leads a lively program of Classical cello music alongside Music Director Nicholas McGegan and the Orchestra. This fun-filled, interactive presentation includes opportunities for the audience to sing and play instruments alongside the Orchestra in the Grand Finale. (We will tune participants’ instruments to A=430, just below concert “A” to match the Orchestra’s historically accurate instruments.) After the concert, Orchestra musicians will demonstrate their instruments up close and answer questions. Below is a link to download the music.

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“You Know the Score” is a canon (round) that the Orchestra will sing/play as our Grand Finale to the Family Concert. Students are invited to bring their instruments to the Concert, and to play with Philharmonia. Children will keep their instruments with them at their seats (away from the aisles); there will be time to unpack instruments and to tune them before the Grand Finale. Philharmonia musicians will help students to tune their instruments and guide their playing. Those who do not bring an instrument to the Family Concert will be invited to sing the Grand Finale with the Orchestra!  The left side of the audience (facing the stage) will begin the piece, and the right side will enter four bars later. Past audience singers, audience instrumentalists, and Philharmonia musicians have had a lot of fun playing music together during our past Family Concerts, and we hope this year’s Grand Finale will be enjoyable!! You can download the sheet music by clicking on this link: FamilyConcertMusic