In October, The Magic Circle Mime Company joined the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for a one of a kind performance at BSO’s first Young People’s Concert (YPC) of the season. Together they performed, “The Listener: A Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra,” which brilliantly interwove classical music with two crazy mimes to create a unique and interactive concert experience that not only entertained, but also educated young students.IMG_8743

This YPC taught children from local schools about the relationship between an orchestra and its audience and how to listen with imagination during a concert. Laughter filled the concert hall as a bugle playing mime tried to conduct the BSO and while Principal Trumpeter, Michael Raney, battled the mime in a show off on who could play their instrument better than the other.

“Not only were students expressing their appreciation by laughter and applause, but they were bobbing their heads and moving their bodies along with the music” – Cynthia Woollacott Smizer

Not only did the children enjoy this performance, BSO musicians and the Music Director, Stilian Kirov, were ecstatic about being able to do something very different from what they are used to. This is the first time the BSO has had an interactive YPC, where performers are on stage other than themselves. This performance made way for a new YPC future that will make a greater impact on local children. They truly had fun with this performance and enjoyed the time they were able to spend with these students.

“Stilian’s youth was a plus as well, as he plied along with the mimes and enthusiastically addressed the students and led the orchestra. Although the target audience is elementary school students (performances are at 9:30 and 11 on school days), I had a great time and think anyone of any age would too” -Cynthia Woollacott Smizer

There are two more YPC’s for this season: Meet the Orchestra on Thursday, November 12, 2015 and Musical Natures on Friday, February 5, 2016 featuriong music from Disney’s Frozen. Each of these performances will have two show times with the first beginning at 9:30 and the second at 11:00 at the Rabobank Theater. For more information visit the Young People’s Concert page here.

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