Digital Playbill

Carnival of the Animals

Table of Contents
Premiering July 3, 2021
Music Director: Eric Garcia


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1931)
(text by Jack Prelutsky)
Le Carnaval des animaux

I. Introduction et marche royale du Lion (Introduction and Royal March of the Lion)
II. Poules et Coqs (Hens and Cocks)
III. Hémiones (animaux véloces) (Wild Asses)
IV. Tortues (Tortoises)
V. L’Éléphant (The Elephant)
VI. Kangourous (Kangaroos)
VII. Aquarium
VIII. Personnages à longues oreilles (Personages with Long Ears)
IX. Le coucou au fond des bois (The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods)
X. Volière (Aviary)
XI. Pianistes (Pianists)
XII. Fossiles (Fossils)
XIII. Le Cygne (The Swan)
XIV. Finale


Sierra Schmeltzer, Flute

Shandra Helman, Clarinet

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Del Parkinson, Principal Piano
Sponsored for two years by Andy and Elizabeth Scoggin, and Jerry Saltzer in memory of Marlys Anne Saltzer

Betsi Hodges, Piano

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Kyla Davidson, Cello

Ryan Bell, Bass

Ben Burdick, Narrator

Chad Shohet, Shadow Puppetry Design, Puppeteer

Jaime Nebeker, Build Assistant, Puppeteer

Leah Reynolds, Puppeteer

Sierra Schmeltzer

Shandra Helman

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Del Parkinson

Betsi Hodges

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Kyla Davidson

Ryan Bell


Education and
Program Notes
The Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns / October 09, 1835 – December 16, 1921

The Carnival of the Animals

Harold Schoenberg, a renowned music critic and scholar, considered Saint-Saëns to be “the most remarkable child prodigy in history, and that includes Mozart”. Saint-Saëns wrote his first composition at 3½ years old. If you find this hard to believe, the manuscript is on display in the Paris Conservatory. At five, in a public concert, he accompanied a Beethoven violin sonata on the piano, and at 10, he offered at a recital to play any one of Beethoven’s piano sonatas – by memory!

And what is Saint-Saëns best remembered for today? The Carnival of the Animals, a piece written just for close friends in two days in 1886 which he would not allow to be published until after his death in 1921. Why? Because he feared that its lighthearted and humorous character would detract from his image as a serious composer. During his lifetime, he permitted it to be performed only in a private setting.

In 1950, the conductor Andre Kostelanetz came up with the inspired idea of adding verses to Saint-Saëns’s score, and the great American humorist Ogden Nash was his choice to be the poet. Each of Nash’s fourteen verses were designed to be read before Saint-Saëns’s corresponding movement.

In this concert, new verses by Jack Prelutsky will be used to supplement Saint-Saëns’ amusing music.
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