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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: November 22, 1999

Rare Family-Friendly Concert To Feature Orchestra, Dance and Puppets

An elaborate family-friendly concert at California State University, Sacramento in December will provide families with a rare opportunity for children to experience live musical theatre.

The free fairy tale family concert series performance, Niam: Portrait of a Gnome, will be performed at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 and at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. It is the Fall '99 entry of the successful "Meet the Music" family concert series that began last spring. Series concerts are designed to appeal to children and are shorter than a typical classical 90-minute-plus performance and intermission.

"A lot of people are afraid to bring children to a classical concert," says Pete Nowlen, interim director of the CSUS Symphony Orchestra. "During an average concert parents may get concerned that their kids will get squirrelly, restless, or they may even fall asleep."

Nowlen, who conducted all of the Sacramento Symphony's children's performances in its 1994 -1995 season, says until now the opportunity for children-friendly concerts in Sacramento had dwindled since the demise of the Sacramento Symphony in 1996.

The 70-piece CSUS Symphony Orchestra will perform on-stage, rather than in the orchestra pit, to "Pictures at an Exhibition," by composer Modest Mussorgsky. In the spirit of the University's new School of the Arts debuting this spring, the classical piece will be accompanied by narration by Claudia Kitka, Richard Bay puppets and professor Linda Goodrich's Sacramento Black Art of Dance. Professor Deborah Pittman wrote the gnome story that will accompany the music.

The family concert series began with a concert that gave children a lesson in instruments and a taste of the differences between rhythm, harmony and pitch.

Free parking will be available prior to the concert in the nearby parking garage on University Drive West and Sinclaire Road.

For more information call Deborah Pittman at (916) 278-7482, or Pete Nowlen at (916) 278-7991. Home phone numbers for media inquiries are available at the office of University Affairs at 278-6156.


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