The Live Music Project offers family fare at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

The Live Music Project offers family fare at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

The whole family is invited to an afternoon of "Myth and Music" on Sunday, Jan. 22, when the Regina A. Quick Center's Live Music Project offers a program of timeless stories and orchestral music. The lively and informal program, a great way to introduce children to classical music and rich storytelling traditions, begins at 3 p.m. in the Wien Experimental Theatre.

Founded by Music Director Netta Hadari and Artistic Director Daniel Smith in conjunction with the Quick Center, The Live Music Project aims to change the way audiences think about chamber music. Now in its third season, the group includes some of the region's top musicians, offering exciting concerts in a friendly environment with an emphasis on interaction with the audience. The ensemble tackles both classical and contemporary works of all kinds, sometimes featuring world premieres of compositions by Smith, who also provides music for and directs many of the Quick Center's popular live radio dramas.

The special family program features stories from around the globe set to appropriate classical music. A fantastical Norse tale features an equally exhilarating Schumann string quartet, while a Native American myth about water is set to Handel's "Water Music."

A story from the Old Testament, the Chinese taleĀ  "The Four Dragons" and an Inuit chant will be included, as will Ananzi the trickster spider's take on the origins of storytelling itself.

There will be no intermission, but the musicians will take time to explain each of their instruments and its role in the ensemble. There will be plenty of time for the cast and young audience members to discuss how myths come about and how they differ from place to place. The group will also consider how elements of classic myths find their way into modern popular tales, including "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Chronicles of Narnia."

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, .

Posted On: 01-05-2006 10:01 AM

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