On June 1st 2,500 children and their parents gathered for a special “IPO for Kids” performance in the Bronfman Auditorium. The theme, “Music for Children and Children in Music” brought smiles to the faces of not only the audience but also the musicians who shared the stage with two bright young stars.
The evening featured debuts by child prodigy Alma Deutscher and up-and-coming soloist Danielle Akta. At ten-years-old Alma is a composer, pianist and violinist. The orchestra performed her symphonic work, Dance of the Solent Mermaids, which she wrote at the age of six! Alma also played a violin concerto of her own composition.
Danielle is an amazing cellist who recently performed at Lincoln Center in New York and is the recipient of several awards including first place in the FLAME International Paris 2014 Competition and the Israeli National Cello Competition 2013. She beautifully performed a Saint-Saens cello concerto to a rapt audience.
Popular conductor and moderator Roni Porat presided over the concert introducing the playful program which included John Williams’ whimsical music for Harry Potter and Bizet’s colorful Jeux D’enfants (Children’s Games.)
The evening showcased the next generation of classical musicians to the next generation of classical fans! It was a festive performance that drew frequent applause, making us already eager for next season’s IPO for Kids programs.