Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Bob Brown Puppets Celebrate Wildlife in Carnival of the Animals, April 24

Assistant Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the BSO in animal-inspired works

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bob Brown Puppets and narrator Rheda Becker will perform Carnival of the Animals on Saturday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program includes, and is inspired, by French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ beloved classic Carnival of the Animals. This musical suite is comprised of 14 movements, each representing a different animal through various instruments and tempos. The program will even feature animals from the Maryland Zoo before the concert as part of BSO’s Family Fun Zone. Other animal-inspired tunes also on the program include excerpts from Elgar’s “Wild Bears” from The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, Respighi’s Overture to Gli Uccelli (The Birds), Anderson’s The Waltzing Cat and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee.”

The BSO encourages patrons to arrive early to participate in the BSO Family Fun Zone, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby. Children and their families can take advantage of numerous free, age-appropriate activities, including face painting, activities from Port Discovery and the Maryland Zoo’s ZOOmobile.

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
The first woman to win the Malko International Conductors Competition (2005), Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most promising young conductors. Having recently concluded a highly successful tenure as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, she began a one-year appointment as the League of American Orchestras’ conducting fellow and assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2009. In the fall of 2010, she will begin her new position as music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Family Concert Series: Carnival of the Animals
Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Rheda Becker, narrator
Bob Brown Puppets

Doors open at 10 a.m. for the BSO Family Fun Zone.

Tickets for these performances range from $12 to $20 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or


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