Tito Muñoz, conductor
Poetry and narration by Jack Prelutsky
Images by Mary GrandPré
Ready for a puzzling riddle? When does a piano hop like a kangaroo, a violin bray like a donkey, and a cello swim like a swan? In Carnival of the Animals, of course!
Beloved children's author and America's first children's poet laureate Jack Prelutsky takes the stage with the NSO for a musical and lyrical program built around Camille Saint-Saëns' classic Carnival of the Animals. With narrated poetry and an IMAG projected picture parade of the musical suite's 14 fantastic animals as illustrated by Mary GrandPré, this Carnival roars to life before kids' eyes. For age 5 and up.
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." 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. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. 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.