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The Lost String Quartet
March 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE, In partnership with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Spanish-language theatrical production for children and families based on the book The Lost String Quartet by N.M. Bodecker.
Please RSVP via https://www.pcmsconcerts.org/education/childrens-concert/concierto-familiar-2019/
Fernando Villa Proal, Actor/Playwright
Momenta String Quartet
Pedro Pazaran Trujillo, Set Designer
Music by Stephanie Griffin
Doors open 10:00 am *Audience Q&A immediately following performance
The Lost String Quartet recounts the many misadventures of a string quartet on its way to a concert on the other side of the mountain in mid-winter. The Momenta Quartet plays the members of the quartet as musicians and actors. Mr. Villa Proal is the narrator and plays all the characters Momenta encounters on its troubled path. As the story progresses, each instrument meets its own special demise, and Ms. Griffins score includes pieces for string quartet, solos for violin, viola and cello, and pieces combining the string instruments with the replacements picked up on the journey: a car door, oil pan, tire iron, and the special Bean-o-lin, Viola Constrictor and Tyre of Orpheus. Using the ebullient Finale of Mozart’s String Quartet K. 387 as a point of departure, the Quartet embarks on a playful musical journey that references a wide assortment of highlights from the classical canon, including Beethoven, Vivaldi, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.
The March 9 premiere culminates an Esperanza Academy in-school residency by Fernando Villa Proal and Pedro Pazaran Trujillo, who will engage students in drama, playwrighting, and set design workshops.