Families explore percussion, rhythm, and communication as inspired by children’s book
PHILADELPHIA—October 15, 2018—The new season of the popular Family Concerts series begins at the Curtis Institute of Music with Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb on Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Gould Rehearsal Hall at Lenfest Hall. Families are introduced to percussion instruments and collaborative play in this hour-long program.
Curtis musicians join performer and educator Gabriel Globus-Hoenich to take children through the world of percussion. This interactive exploration of rhythm is inspired by the children’s book Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, which tells the story of a band of monkeys that explore what hands can do. This performance will use percussion as a tool for communication, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and discipline.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children, and are available through the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902 or Curtis.edu/Performances.
Awakening a sense of wonder in listeners ages 5 to 12, Curtis Family Concerts share music with young audiences through interactive, educational presentations. Performances take place in a friendly setting, uniting entertainment with exploration.
Percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich blends a multitude of musical influences together in his work as a performer and educator. A Montreal native, he is now based in New York City where his career continues to reflect a deep love for the worlds of jazz, classical music, and world music. Mr. Globus-Hoenich has performed on drum set and percussion with a wide variety of artists including Morgan James, Jim James, Roberto Fonseca, Tirso Duarte, Steve Hackman, Tessa Lark, the Philly Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, among others. He collaborates frequently with Teddy Abrams and the Sixth Floor Trio, serving as principal percussionist and education director at the trio’s chamber music festival, GardenMusic, in South Miami.
An active composer and arranger, Mr. Globus-Hoenich has written for Achilles Liarmakopolous of the Canadian Brass, Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre, and the Louisville Orchestra. In 2018, Gabriel performed Julia Wolfe's percussion concerto riSE and fLY with Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra.
In 2017 Mr. Globus-Hoenich founded People of Earth, a 15-member Latin fusion group filled with some of New York’s best musicians, representing a myriad of countries. People of Earth has performed at Brooklyn Bowl, Rockwood Music Hall and other top venues.
In addition to his work in the orchestral and jazz music worlds, he has studied Afro-Brazilian percussion in Salvador, Bahia with Gabi Guedes and Mario Pam, as well as Cuban percussion with Girardo Piloto, Rociel Riveron, and Adonis Panter.
Mr. Globus-Hoenich is a teaching artist for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the 92nd Street Y, and Marquis Studios. He was formerly a teaching artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Play On, Philly!, and a musician-in-residence at the Please Touch Museum. He is a co-founder of PlasticBand, a community drumming group based in Harlem and received a Carnegie Hall NeON Arts Grant to build this program. He is a 2008 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Robert van Sice.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis provides each young musician with an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and a “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year in Philadelphia and around the world.
Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Gabriel Globus-Hoenich (Timpani and Percussion ’08)
Curtis musicians join performer and educator Gabriel Globus-Hoenich to take children through the world of percussion. This interactive exploration of rhythm is inspired by the children's book Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, which tells the story of a band of monkeys that explore what hands can do. This performance will use percussion as a tool for communication, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and discipline.
Tickets: $15 for adults and $12 for children sold by the Curtis Patron Services Office, Curtis.edu/Performances, or (215) 893-7902.
The Curtis Institute of Music receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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