May Evans have this dance? GCO fine tunes for families
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 11:53 p.m.
IF YOU GO
Dance, Dance, Dance
WHAT: Gainesville Chamber Orchestra presents a program of dance-themed music
WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: University Auditorium, UF campus
(336-5448 or gainesvillechamberorchestra.net)
STUDENT SHOW: 10:30 a.m. at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts; homeschoolers encouraged to attend. ($3.50 Homeschoolers on Monday; free for chaperones)
The quivering ebb and flow of the violin, the twittering flute.
The thunderous kettle drums, the clash of cymbals reverberating throughout your body.
If Evans Haile gets his way, the mix will set toes tapping and prompt music fans to secretly wish for a place to dance. Such is the power of live performance, and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, under Haile's direction, plans to invoke this force as it pays homage to the union of dance and orchestral music on Sunday.
GCO's annual family concert is called Dance, Dance, Dance, and the professional, 61-member orchestra will perform music written specifically for dance, including Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and Bernstein's "West Side Story."
"I'm inviting people to, in effect, hear the dance and see the music," Haile said. "It really shows how music runs through your body."
During the performance, the audience will be encouraged to participate in the Walk Through the Orchestra, a Gainesville tradition that allows children and adults to meander through each section of the orchestra as the musicians play.
In a time of fast-access music and iPods, the notion of actually seeing a live orchestra is often awe-inspiring for children, Haile said.
"When they first start (walking), they're kinda timid. But then they get really excited," said Lynn Noffsinger, a long-time GCO supporter and its former executive director. "You're in the middle of something you rarely get to be in the middle of."
Noffsinger feels the annual family performance is one of the most important things the orchestra does for the community, as music education often tapers under financial cuts in the school system.
"It's scary to think that a child has never picked up a violin," she said.
The Bzoch family of Gainesville looks forward to GCO's family concert every year.
"What (the children) have enjoyed is a family activity that we can all participate in," said Kevin Bzoch, who plans to attend Sunday with his two daughters, Cali and Ann Lorrayne, and his wife, Annie.
During other orchestra shows, Bzoch said, the audience often feels detached, but GCO brings the performance closer to home.
Haile hopes other families will "take the adventure," too. And if they get the urge to jump up and dance under the watchful eyes of the University Auditorium's gargoyles perched above the stage and beyond, Haile won't stop them.
"If the spirit has moved them, I won't hold them back," he said.
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