What’s interesting about this concert?
Starting at 1:00pm on the second floor of the Willard Arts Center, we’ll hold an Instrument Petting Zoo, where children (and parents!) can hold and play musical instruments before seeing them played on stage.
Saint-Saëns procrastinated working on his Third Symphony in order to write The Carnival of the Animals because it was more fun to write.
The original orchestration for The Carnival of the Animals included a musical instrument called the glass harmonica, which fell out of popularity by the end of the 18th century (in part due to unproven suspicions that it caused lead poisoning!). In modern performances it is replaced by the glockenspiel - which does not cause lead poisoning.
What You’ll Hear
Saint-Saëns, Carnival of the Animals (xx minutes)
"Introduction et marche royale du lion" (Introduction and Royal March of the Lion)
"Poules et coqs" (Hens and Roosters)
"Hémiones (animaux véloces)" (Wild Donkeys Swift Animals)
"L'Éléphant" (The Elephant”
"Personnages à longues oreilles" (Characters with Long Ears)
"Le Coucou au fond des bois" (The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods)
"Le cygne" (The Swan)