Emil de Cou, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
Look out--there are aliens in the Concert Hall! During the course of this fun-filled program, two devious but somewhat bumbling space creatures try to take over an NSO performance--and then, the world! As the concert begins, Associate Conductor Emil de Cou leads the Orchestra through an exploration of America's greatest music. Suddenly, the aliens charge in, rhythmically patting their odd metallic costumes to communicate and using mind control on our unsuspecting conductor! Before anyone can stop them, the NSO is playing Leroy Anderson's classic The Typewriter, with the space creatures as star soloists. What's going on? And can anyone foil the aliens' master plan? Before this quirky mayhem is over, youngsters will enjoy performances of Don Gillis's Symphony X, "Hoe-Down" from Aaron Copland's Rodeo, "A Night in the Tropics" from L.M. Gottschalk's Fiesta Criolla, Scott Joplin's The Entertainer (famous from the movie The Sting), John Williams's "Flying Theme" from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial, and much more. Get ready for music that's out of this world!
Come Early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo," a project of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra. An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion--in the Kennedy Center Atrium.
Kids' Chats--Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.