The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Southwest Portland
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Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020
Cost: $11
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

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The young audience will be spirited away for a musical adventure inside the orchestra with Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. But it's promised to bring them back with smiles on their faces. Presented by Oregon Symphony.

"Benjamin Britten wrote this theme-and-variations program as an educational documentary about the orchestra, but also to entertain the children of two of his friends. The work’s theme, a beautifully logical Baroque melody borrowed from British composer Henry Purcell, makes an ideal guide for the ear to follow, as Britten’s variations present an audible demonstration of the subtle ways orchestral composers distribute and develop musical ideas throughout the orchestra. That is, the music is not just an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra — it’s an introduction to the orchestra as a unique instrument unto itself, with its own special mode of listening. And if the kids want more entertainment, come early for them to get their hands on some real-life orchestral instruments in the Kennedy Violins’ petting zoo." – Oregon Arts Watch