Twice a year the Lenape Chamber Ensemble creates a delightful concert for children age 4-12 at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, featuring world-class musicians performing short sections of the classical masterpieces that they play in their adult concerts. The musicians explain their instruments and themes in the music in simple terms for the children in a casual, interactive concert. At the end the kids are invited to dance to the music – so fun to watch! I am asked to create a fun poster for each concert and over the years, I always love drawing animals performing the classical music and sometimes dancing to it. I try to tie the animal scene to a theme in the music program, but there was no unifying theme this time so I just chose some South American animals – alpacas and coatis – because they are animals I have not drawn before. I think the graceful Mozart piece in this concert – Piano Trio in C Major – would prompt even coatis up in the Andes Mountains to dance a minuet!
Featured in the coming spring concert on March 4 are also works by Prokofiev and Brahms for flute, violins, viola, cello, and piano. The concert is in Delaware Valley University’s beautiful new Life Sciences Auditorium, simple refreshments are provided and children can meet the musicians and see their instruments up close afterwards. Admission for children is only $2, adults are free. info (610) 294-9362. The Lenape Chamber Ensemble is a non-profit organization supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Below is a photo I snapped at one concert, with a garland of tots danced round and round the stage.