Giants Are Small and the New York Philharmonic
Young People's Concert/Petrushka

Free family Activities from 1pm

19 April 2015 / 16:00

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With live puppets, film and the full New York Philharmonic orchestra, experience the concert hall as never before in this immersive family concert. 

It’s springtime in Russia, and at the Shrovetide Fair, the marionettes act out their tale. Is it for real? What’s going on in amongst all those instruments? Who are those shadowy figures? And where is this incredible music going to take us next? With a bit of help from puppets, dancers and stunningly-realised video animation, Giants Are Small and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra present…well, to be honest you’ve just got to see it. Forget everything you thought you knew about classical concerts – because today, everyone gets to take part. Bring the whole family, and prepare to be astounded.

At 7.30pm Petrushka is being performed alongside two of the 20th-century’s most glittering ballet scores, by Debussy and Bartók.

Programme & Performers

Stravinsky Petrushka

New York Philharmonic
Giants Are Small

Alan Gilbert conductor, magician
Doug Fitch director, designer
Edouard Getaz producer, video director


Free Family Activities

Workshops, 1–4pm
Come and explore the fabulous ballet Petrushka in singing and percussion workshops, free performances and drop in puppetry making workshops.

Musicjelly: Build your own orchestra, 1–5pm
Ever wanted to command an orchestra? This digital installation lets you stand in front of eighteen players and make them appear and play at the touch of a button.

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Also in this series:
Fri 17 Apr - New York Philharmonic / Joyce DiDonato
Sat 18 Apr - New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Concert
Sun 19 Apr - New York Philharmonic / Petrushka

This event is part of:
New York Philharmonic Residency 2015
Barbican Presents 2014–2015

A production created by Giants Are Small

Produced by the Barbican

This event has been programmed by the East London and City Culture Partnership (ELCCP) - an ambitious initiative to bring together cultural and education organisations across East London to develop cultural experiences and talent development for young people.


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