East Texas Symphony presents ‘Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant’

Narrating "Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant" with the East Texas Symphony was an opportunity to share my love of the performing arts with young audiences.

Narrating “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” with the East Texas Symphony was an opportunity to share my love of the performing arts with young audiences.

Have you ever heard of a “Zipperpotamus,” a “Panthermometer,” or a “Pop-Up Toadster?” These imaginative animals come to life illustrated in the children’s book, “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” were brought to life in the East Texas Symphony’s Family Concert on Saturday, February 27.

I had the great privilege of serving as narrator for the poetry, written by Jack Prelutsky, which inspired the musical arrangement composed by Lucas Richman.

The concert in Tyler’s Liberty Hall featured many of the Symphony’s resident performers: concertmaster Mark Miller on violin, Zachary Mansell on cello, Rebecca Wenck on clarinet, Andrew Merideth on horn and Maria Guénette on piano.

I had a phenomenal time working alongside these talented musicians. As someone who attended college on a music scholarship, it was a real treat being back in this setting. While my instrumental upbringing includes french horn, trumpet, baritone, and piano, this concert was a my debut, of sorts, as a percussionist. During the ‘Lynx of Chain’ poem, I created a clinking sound using a chain.

Performers and members of the East Texas Symphony board.

Performers and members of the East Texas Symphony board.

Nancy Wrenn, the now-retired ETSO executive director, dedicated the concert to her mother’s memory. “The performance was engaging, driven by great repertoire, talented musicians and an extraordinary narrator of the complicated verse.”

Children in the audience had an additional treat with Carin Berger’s illustrations from the book projected above the quintet, helping bring to life these wild creations.

After the performance, families gathered in the lobby to meet the musicians and have copies of the book autographed by the performers.

The performing arts have brought so much personal fulfillment to my life, in addition to instilling valuable life skills. The opportunity to share this passion with children was an experience I won’t soon forget.

The San Diego Symphony premiered “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” in 2009.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of KLTV/KTRE-TV or Raycom Media. They are solely the opinion of the author. All content © Copyright 2016 Lane Luckie

 

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