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OBF Kids: rhythm's the key!

  • Jun 22, 2010
From the Latin pulse of West Side Story to the Cuban sounds of Miami-based Tiempo Libre, the two 11 a.m. Saturday concerts of our OBF Kids series will spark the interest of audiences of all ages while immersing children in a multicultural mix of languages, melodies and rhythms. On Saturday, June 26 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, families are invited to join Jamie Bernstein for “The Bernstein Beat,” an hour-long journey into the music of her father, composer Leonard Bernstein. Jamie, a dynamic and natural teacher, will sample her father’s Broadway favorites, including West Side Story, On the Town and Candide, as well as his ballet Fancy Free, his symphony Jeremiah, and his innovative and theatrical Mass. Jamie Bernstein will be joined on the Silva Concert Hall stage by the full Oregon Bach Festival orchestra led by guest conductor Robert Moody, the music director for the Winston-Salem (North Carolina) and Portland (Maine) symphony orchestras. On Saturday, July 10 in the Eugene Hilton, “Tiempo Libre for Kids” will get the audience moving while learning about Latin rhythms and instruments. All seven members of the group Tiempo Libre were born and raised in Cuba, where they studied classical music by day and played rumba, timba and tambores at night. They’ll put it all together in this family-friendly musical fiesta for all ages. Tickets are $5 per person, available online, at the door, or call the Hult Center Bach's office, 541-682-5000. Both events are sponsored by Lane Transit District, Fred Meyer, and Comcast, with additional funding from the Oregon Arts Commission.