April 23, UCR Orchestra and Chamber Singers Present Hans Christian Andersen Concert

Free, family-friendly concert on April 23

UCR Orchestra

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The UCR Orchestra and Chamber Singers at the University of California, Riverside, will host a concert celebrating the Scandinavian master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen on Sunday, April 23. The event, “Fairy Tales: A Celebration of Hans Christian Andersen,” is free and open to the public.

Some of Andersen’s most popular works include “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Thumbelina,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Nightingale.” His stories and fairytales have inspired plays, ballet performances, films, and animations.

The concert will include the world premiere of “The Little Match Girl,” for orchestra and narrator, composed by Tim Labor, professor of music at UCR; music from the popular Disney movies “Frozen,” and “The Little Mermaid;” songs by Frank Loesser, which were inspired by the stories “Inch Worm,” and “Ugly Duckling;” and a vivid suite for orchestra by Georges Bizet to tell the story of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.” There will also be a film visit from the late comic genius Danny Kaye, who played Andersen on film.

Martha Demson will be the guest narrator. Demson is the artistic director of the Open Fist Theatre Company in Los Angeles. As a director and producer, her credits include “Papa,” “Hughie,” “Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union,” and “How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients.” As an actress, she has had roles in “The Dead,” “The Abdication,” “The Wooden Breeks,” and “The Black Glass.” She has received four LA Weekly Theatre Awards and seven Drama-Logue Awards. Demson attended Yale University and The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts.

Ruth Charloff, director of the UCR Orchestra and Chamber Singers, will conduct the concert. Creator of the UCR Orchestra’s Family Concert series and other educational outreach projects, Charloff 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.

The concert will be held at the University Theatre, and will begin at 3 p.m. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 6. The concert series 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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