Hundreds of children from rural elementary and secondary schools were able to enjoy a fun, playful, and interactive concert: ¿Conoces a Wolfy? and Tubby the Tuba.
Among various noteworthy performances by the OFJ in the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, this past Monday the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, directed by Enrique Radillo and featuring actor Mario Iván Martínez, presented an educational concert, part of the festival´s outreach activity geared toward bringing the highest-quality universal artistic experiences to audiences who normally would have no access to them.
On a musical tour of eighteenth-century Europe with Wolfi (Little boy Mozart) and his family, audience members were able to experience some aspects of the young Mozart’s life, including a few of his concert presentations and even a glimpse of his creative process, through analysis of certain opera passages and movements from his concertos.
Later, in Tubby the Tuba, a work based on a children’s story by author Paul Tripp with music by George Kleinsinger, children were astonished to learn and enjoy: What is a symphony orchestra? How do the various instruments combine in order to make the music we hear? In a simple, fun, and entertaining way, Tubby (Tomás Alemany, in a fine performance) and the other characters in the story enabled the audience to understand and appreciate how a symphony orchestra works.
This concert featured the expertise of a cast of talented children, a group of child prodigies who performed various roles in both works: Sergio Vargas Escoruela, Elena Maroutchak, Elías Manzo Hernández, and Armando Antonio Frost Fernández. It marked the conclusion of the OFJ´s participation in this year´s forty-fourth International Cervantino Festival, which included three different concert programs.