Family Series Weaves Musical and Literary Web with Anansi the Spider

Wednesday • January 25, 2017

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) 2017 Family Series continues its journey “Around the World” at Anansi the Spider Saturday, February 18 at 2:00pm at Davis Street School in New Haven and Sunday, February 19 at 2:00pm at Shelton Intermediate School in Shelton. These concerts, presented free of charge, are programmed specifically for children ages 3-9 and encourage audience members to listen, play, and participate in the music through interactive programs inspired by children’s literature.

William Braun_NHSO PianoAt the performance, the absent minded professor Dr. Beat (played by George McTyre) and his assistant Allegra (Cheri Brooks) will lead the audience in a music-fueled time-travel adventure around the world. The music will be performed by the NHSO principal trumpet Rich Clymer, NHSO principal trombone Scott Cranston and NHSO pianist William Braun. When the story stops in West Africa, they will be joined by drummer Aly Tatchöl Camara and his sons to tell the featured story of the concert, Anansi the Spider.

Starting at 1:15pm before the concert, the NHSO will offer an Instrument Discovery Zone where children can tap, tickle, and toot real orchestral instruments before the 2:00pm performance. Following the concert, families are invited to stay for an afternoon snack. New Haven Reads will partner with the NHSO once again to provide free books for every child who attends the concerts.

Tatchöl CamaraAly Tatchöl Camara was born in Dansy, a small village in Guinea, West Africa. By the time he was six years old, he was already learning folklore (traditional) dancing and drumming as a part of everyday village life. In 1984, Tatchöl was spotted by a representative of the renowned Les Ballet Dougouffissa and asked to join the company. Mr. Camara later joined and toured with Ballet Variety and Ballet Unite Africa in Senegal. His international break came when he was chosen to join Les Ballets Bougarabou in 1993. In 1995, he became the principal dance instructor for Connecticut’s New Haven School of African Dance and Drum. He continues to teach in the area’s public and private school systems, at regional workshops as well as at Yale University.

The 2017 Family Series will continue on March 25 and 26 with NHSO String Quartet performing the “Three Little Pigs.”

Tickets: Free Admission; No prior registration required

The 2017 Family Series is sponsored by the State of Connecticut, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Katharine Matthies Foundation, NewAlliance Foundation, Pitney Bowes, Suzio York Hill, Xerox Foundation, International Association of New Haven, WMNR Fine Arts Radio, New Haven Reads, and Alliance Children’s Theater.