Awakening a sense of wonder in listeners ages 5 to 12, Curtis Family Concerts share music with young audiences through interactive, educational presentations. These hour-long performances take place in a friendly setting, uniting entertainment with exploration.
Curtis musicians take children through the world of percussion. This interactive exploration of rhythm is inspired by the children's book Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, which tells the story of a band of monkeys that explore what hands can do. This performance will use percussion as a tool for communication, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and discipline.
Nicholas DiBerardino, (Composition ’18)
Curtis singers present a children’s opera based on classic fables of Anansi the Spider, a beloved hero of West African folklore. This shape-shifting character, who triumphs over adversity thanks to his characteristic wit and cunning, will entrance all ages. Composer and Community Artist Fellow Nicholas DiBerardino will gather text and musical material from children around Philadelphia through Curtis’s partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia and the Free Library to bring Anansi’s adventures to life.
Additional Performance at Girard College on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m.
View photos from last year’s production of Carnival of the Animals to get a taste of the Curtis Family Concert experience.