Today’s free family concert by Boston’s Chameleon Arts Ensemble marks the sixth straight year in which they have featured a new composition by Hans Indigo Spencer. This year’s piece, titled “Forest Lake”, ties in with the concert’s theme of musical portraits by evoking the feelings of walking through the woods and discovering a lovely, calm body of water. Hans took his inspiration from the pond which sits between Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery and the woods beyond. Coincidentally, the Forest Hills Cemetery, where the Chameleons have been performing material from this concert for Boston schoolchildren, also features a pond and similar landscaping.
“Forest Lake” provides a unique opportunity for audience members to join the musicians in the performance. Like other pieces Hans has composed for these yearly family concerts, “Forest Lake” contains a game activity which overlays the written music. Audience volunteers receive tone chimes and some simple instructions to follow during the piece. As the music begins, Hans conducts the participants in a musical game which, together with the parts played by the sextet, creates the feeling of vibrant nature with an underlying sense of calm.
Hans’s piece finishes this concert of “musical portraits that offer glimpses into worlds of fantasy, memory, and landscapes near and far. In the same way that artists create scenes with shapes and colors, composers paint pictures with sound.” Once again, Chameleon artistic director Deborah Boldin has assembled a bold and cohesive repertoire consisting of music by Mozart, Rorem, Milhaud, Canteloube, and more.
Concert Details from the Chameleon Arts Ensemble website:
Free Family Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2 PM Weld Hall at Hyde Park Branch Library 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136 Free Admission & Free Parking Stroller-accessible and appropriate for all ages! What does purple sound like? . For more information: 617-427-8200 or www.chameleonarts.org An instrument “Petting Zoo” and demonstration will follow the performance in the Library’s beautiful outdoor Children’s Garden. Children will be able handle and play orchestral instruments as guided by the musicians, and will be encouraged to touch, blow, pluck, bow, and strike.