UC Riverside Orchestra Presents “Toy Stories”

Free family concert by UCR Orchestra on Sunday, April 24

UCR Orchestra

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The UCR Orchestra at the University of California, Riverside presents “Toy Stories,” a family concert for all ages at the University Theatre on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. The event, presented by the UCR Department of Music, is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking permits will be available for Lot 6.

The concert features music about the magic of toys with dolls that dance, marionettes that march, and an orchestral tale of Winnie the Pooh and friends by Richard and Robert Sherman, Disney composers extraordinaire. There will also be music by Charles Gounod, Gabriel Fauré, and Gioachino Rossini, and a dollop of “Toy Story” music by Randy Newman.

Ruth Charloff, conductor of the UCR Orchestra and UCR Chamber Singers.

Ruth Charloff, conductor of the UCR Orchestra and UCR Chamber Singers.

Ruth Charloff, conductor of the UCR Orchestra and UCR Chamber Singers, will conduct the musical event. Charloff is also associate conductor of the Claremont Symphony Orchestra. Creator of the UCR Orchestra’s Family Concert series and other educational outreach projects, she also brought the program “Orchestral Expeditions” to many elementary schools in the Riverside area as a fellow of the UCR Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts.

Johanna McKay, an accomplished actor, director, playwright, and teacher of acting and improvisation for both adults and children, will be the special guest storyteller. Her acting credits include work at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Dallas Theatre Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl. Her film and television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Naked Trucker Show,” “Mr. 3000,” “The Babe,” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” For 18 years she has directed at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. McKay also works for P.S. Arts, a nonprofit group that integrates the arts into underfunded public schools in Los Angeles and Lawndale.

The concert is made possible by a special grant from philanthropist Dr. Esther Hays, a prominent hematologist and oncologist. For more information about the event, call (951) 827-3245 or email performingarts@ucr.edu.

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