Family Concert

Saturday, January 27, 2018―4 PM
Vance Brand Civic Auditorium
Elliot Moore, conductor

SAINT-SAËNS  Selections from Carnival of the Animals
Jack Prelutsky, narrator

MENDELSSOHN  Violin Concerto, 1st movement
Alisa Johnson, violin, Young Artist Competition Winner

SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 2 (Finale)   |   listen
Longmont Youth Symphony

RICHMAN   Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant
Jack Prelutsky, narrator 

Featuring the combined forces of the Longmont Youth Symphony and the Longmont Symphony, the winner of the LSO Young Artist Competition, and author/narrator Jack Prelutsky, our family concert is for music lovers of all ages!  Jack is the author of the popular children’s book, Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, as well as more than 70 poetry collections. He was named a U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation in 2006.

Alisa Johnson, Young Artist Competition Winner

Longmont Symphony Orchestra, library teaming up to host ‘Umbrellaphant’ author: Children can create collages or other pieces of original artwork inspired by Jack Prelutsky’s poems (Longmont Times-Call)

Renowned Children’s Author Jack Prelutsky joins LSO for Jan. 27 Family Concert (SharpsandFlatirons.com)



Adult – $25; Senior (60+)/Active Military – $22; Student (12-18 yrs) – $5; Child (11 and under) – Free

Note: Tickets are for sale online up to two hours prior to the concert time.  After that time, tickets may be purchased at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium.

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A silent auction benefiting the Longmont Youth Symphony will be held in the commons area before the concert. Books and CDs by Jack Prelutsky will also be available for sale before the concert and at intermission.  All proceeds from the book sale benefit the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

About Jack Prelutsky

Although Jack Prelutsky is best known for his humorous and imaginative verse, his readers are now discovering how deeply music is entwined with his poetry. Currently, Jack is more likely to appear on a concert stage than in a library or bookstore.

While Jack has been making words rhyme for over 45 years, his career began as a folk singer in coffeehouses and with uncertain aspirations of becoming an operatic tenor. By chance he took his first poems, descriptions of fanciful creatures, to Susan Hirschman, editor at Macmillan. Susan suggested that he write about real animals and with her encouragement, Jack’s first book, A GOPHER IN THE GARDEN, was published in 1967.

Since then he has published over 70 books of poetry, including THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK; HOORAY FOR DIFFENDOOFER DAY!; THE DRAGONS ARE SINGING TONIGHT; AWFUL OGRE’S AWFUL DAY; SCRANIMALS; THE FROGS WORE RED SUSPENDERS; IF NOT FOR THE CAT; WHAT A DAY IT WAS AT SCHOOL!; and BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT.

In 2006, the Poetry Foundation designated Jack as the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate.

Jack’s latest books are: THE SILVER MOON; STARDINES SWIM HIGH ACROSS THE SKY; I’VE LOST MY HIPPOPOTAMUS; THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS; MY DOG MAY BE A GENIUS; PIZZA, PIGS & POETRY: how to write a poem (Jack’s first book of prose); and BE GLAD YOUR NOSE IS ON YOUR FACE AND OTHER POEMS. In his role as anthologist, Jack has compiled several collections, beginning with THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF POETRY FOR CHILDREN, continuing with THE 20TH CENTURY CHILDREN’S POETRY TREASURY, and most recently, READ A RHYME, WRITE A RHYME.

About Alisa Johnson

Alisa Johnson is a senior and an IB student at Niwot High School. She has been playing the violin since the age of five and currently studies with James Maurer. Alisa is a member of Denver Young Artists Orchestra and Niwot High School’s Symphonic Orchestra. She has participated in Western States Honors Orchestra Festival, Colorado All State Orchestra, Combined League Honors Orchestra, where she was concertmaster in 2015, and SVVSD Honors Orchestra, where she was concertmaster in 2017 and 2018. Alisa also won the Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Competition and performed with the Greeley Chamber Orchestra in 2016. Alisa is the founder and president of Chamber Music Club at Niwot High School, a club that outreaches to elementary schools around the district. Additionally, Alisa has been a member of Niwot High School’s Cross Country Team for four seasons and volunteers at Japanese School of Denver.