Maverick Family Saturdays

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These short interactive events, long a Maverick tradition, are designed for enjoyment by children in grades K-6. Admission is free for children and adults.

Camille Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Frederic Chiu
, piano
David Gonzalez, original poetry

Carnival of the AnimalsA dazzling performance of the piano transcription by Frederic Chiu, with funky family-friendly poetry by David Gonzalez that gives The Carnival of the Animals a new twist.

The Tortoise, The Swan, Wild Horses and the rest of the marvelous musical menagerie are reborn with the Chiu/Gonzalez performance. Using the music as a source of inspiration David Gonzalez shapes a uniquely delightful path into the lyricism of Carnival of the Animals where each poem is embodied with a direct sense of Saint Saëns’ music.

With a vibrant concert schedule, a legacy of 30 CDs, and a stream of superlatives from major critics around the globe, pianist Frederic Chiu occupies a special place in the world of classical music. In an eclectic career encompassing unusual collaborations and little-played repertoire, along with explorations into the psychology of performance, Mr. Chiu has demonstrated an ability to go beyond boundaries and to bring listeners with him.

David Gonzalez is an American artist. He has developed a career as a storyteller, poet, playwright, musician, public speaker, actor, and producer. His creative work has been included in several anthologies and albums and his productions have been performed in major theaters in the U.S. and abroad.

Transformations: Celebrating East Asian-American Creators and the Music of France is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Maverick Family Saturdays are sponsored in part with support from the Klock Foundation.

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