Campus Life

Feel the Beat features Musaeus String Quartet

A musical stampede thunders its way through Southminster United Church, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, May 18-19, with the final concert of the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music's Feel The Beat series.

A show for all ages, the program offers a menu of animal-themed musical selections, including Carnival of the Animals, composed by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, and How the Loon Got Its Necklace, by Keith Bissel.

"Feel the Beat is a four-part series for children that introduces classical music," explains Breeanne Fuller, conservatory co-ordinator. "Our programs are age appropriate, relatively short and as always, free."

Supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Feel the Beat has enjoyed its second successful season this year.

"Carnival of the Animals aligns with the school music curriculum," Fuller adds. "It's a piece that appeals to young audiences while at the same time providing a valuable educational experience."

Composed for full orchestra and featuring two pianos, Carnival of the Animals includes 14 movements with delightful titles including Tortoises, Aquarium, The Elephant and Hens and Roosters.

Musaeus String Quartet, along with percussionist Adam Mason, will perform How The Loon Got Its Necklace, a Canadian composition based on an aboriginal folk legend.

"Everyone's invited to attend and the admission is free. However, you must reserve your seats before the show," Fuller says.

With shows at 10 a.m. and noon on both May 18 and 19, seats can be reserved over the phone by calling 403-329-2304.

"Although the 10 a.m. shows are sold out, there are still plenty of seats available for the noon shows," she adds.

Fun for the whole family, this Feel the Beat concert is both educational and entertaining. Be sure to book your reservation early.