This special “Concert” will be perfect for introducing the power of the word with humor and music to people of all ages.
Ken, was the founding Executive Director of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and recently has devoted himself full-time to theater and to narrating for various musical ensembles, including the Lansing, Midland, Rochester and MSU symphony orchestras and the Michigan Chamber Symphony in Detroit. He is a longtime emcee for the Lansing Concert Band. Ken has appeared in many theatrical productions throughout the Michigan area.
Earlier this year Sergei made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall. His appearances as a pianist generate excitement and critical acclaim. A voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY), he is a much sought-after recording engineer and producer. For the last fifteen years Sergei has been the organist at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lansing.
Admission prices are: $15 for adults, $10 for students and children under the age of 6 free.
“The Toy Box”
by Claude Debussy
The plot of The Toy Box is a very familiar love triangles; the soldier falls in love with the doll, she flirts with Punch (Polichinelle), the war between the Punches and the Soldiers breaks out, the soldier is wounded, the doll cares for him and nurses him back to life, and they live happily ever, with their children, geese and sheep.
As indicated by Debussy, The Toy Box was meant to entertain children. But, the subtle humor of the text, the inimitable beauty of Debussy’s music, as well as the clever use of musical quotes (from Mendelssohn’s Wedding March and Marseillaise) make it enjoyable and satisfying for all!
“The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant”
by Francis Poulenc
Poulenc wrote The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, in 1940 after Sophie, his five year old niece, got bored with playing his piano improvisations. She put Jean de Brunhof’s book by the same name on the piano and said, “Play this!” Jean de Brunhof’s wonderful portrait of Babar and other loveable creatures, together with Poulenc’s charming melodies, spicy harmonies, and seemingly inexhaustible array of musical devices that depict different characters and various scenes make this work especially enjoyable