Orchestra Miami to present Family Fun Concert, Jan. 18

Orchestra Miami continues its tradition of bringing high quality family and educational programs to the public with its Family Fun Concerts. Featured in the next concert is The Purple Palace composed by Bruce Adolphe with story by Louise Gikow.

The Purple Palace, presented on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 4 p.m., tells the comic but touching tale of the land of Chromatica, where everything is light and color. Queen Red and King Blue have a child, Princess Purple. When she becomes queen, she banishes all colors but purple. This leads to nothing but trouble for her, and she eventually comes to understand her mistake. She invites all the banished colors to return, and Chromatica is once again vibrant and full of color.

Beyond its affirmative social message for children — emphasizing the value of diversity and democracy — the story is rich in visual images that are clearly portrayed in the music. Each color has a theme, and as the plot unfolds, orchestral colors are varied and mixed just as an artist would use colors to illustrate the story in a book.

The 29-piece orchestra will be conducted by Elaine Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami artistic director, and the story will be told by a special guest narrator.

The performance will take place at Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl, 11000 SW 57 Ave. in Pinecrest. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children, and Family Packs (two adults and two children) are available for $30. Children ages 2 and younger admitted free of charge with lap seating only. Seating is by general admission and there is ample free, on-site parking. Tickets can be purchased online through Orchestra Miami’s website (www.OrchestraMiami.org) or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. For more information visit online at www.orchestramiami.org or call 305- 274-2103.

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