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HK Phil’s Music for Kids Concert – The Magic Toyshop Featuring The Puppet and Its Double Theater from Taiwan (22 & 23 Sep)
Source: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

[8 August 2017, Hong Kong]  Dancing dolls in a magic toy store! The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) Assistant Conductor Vivian Ip conjures up fantasy and fun with her baton, while The Puppet and Its Double Theater from Taiwan tells the story of the Bold Umbrellaphant. Experience an innovative and fun-filled concert in which puppetry, mini-theatre and magical orchestral music tell fascinating stories and set us all off on the wings of imagination, two performances only on 22 & 23 September in the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. 


The setup of the puppet with real life projection on screen along with the orchestra will reveal the story of La Boutique Fantasque in which two can-can dancer dolls are bought by two families - one American, the other Russian. The thought of being parted from each other makes them very sad so they plan to run away with the rest of the toys. Respighi wrote this ballet music based on piano pieces by Rossini. 


Lucas Richman, a Grammy®-winning conductor who has worked with numerous major film composers is also an accomplished composer and his works written specifically for children have been featured in young people’s concerts presented by orchestras throughout the United States. His Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant is based on a children’s book by Children’s poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky. Presented with puppets and projection, The Puppet and Its Double Theater will recreate the adventures of the umbrellaphant in the poem “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant”. Here, Prelutsky imagines an elephant who turns his trunk into an umbrella to protect him from any weather.


Also in the concert will be the first movement of Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony, scored string orchestra but with solo roles for such diverse musical instruments as a toy trumpet, a toy drum, a rattle, a cuckoo whistle, a quail and a nightingale. These toy instruments have made this a fun piece for children. There will also be the March from Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges inspired by the fairy tales of the 18th-century Italian writer Carlo Gozzi.


Music for Kids Series: The Magic Toyshop will be held on 22 & 23 September 2017 (Fri & Sat), 8PMin the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium.

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