Last June the Trinity Alps Chamber Players gave a preview event for the fourth season of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival in the conducive setting of the ballroom designed by Julia Morgan for the Century Club of California. Now that the Festival has concluded, most of the performers are back “on the grid” in the Bay Area, where, for over a year, they have been working with composer Danny Clay on a family-friendly event. The project involves a musical interpretation of three of the highly imaginative tales in Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories collection: “How the Camel got its Hump,” “How the Whale got its Throat,” and “The Elephant’s Child.” The first performance of the results of project will be unveiled at the beginning of next month with a return visit to the Century Club.
In the spirit of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” Clay has created a score for narration of Kipling’s texts with accompanying music. While “Peter and the Wolf” was scored for a full orchestra, Clay has confined himself to a chamber ensemble of violin, cello, clarinet, flute, piano, and guitar. However, because he is Danny Clay, the score involves his own imaginative approaches to music-making and the relationships between music and the speaking voice. In this case this will involve the musicians performing on everyday objects, such as wine glasses, slide whistles, and thunder tubes, as well as their “official” instruments. In addition, the concert will be followed by an “instrument petting zoo” reception, providing audience members of all ages to mingle with the performers and have up-close relationships with the instruments.
This concert will be held on Saturday, September 7, at the Century Club of California, located at 1355 Franklin Street. The ballroom features a Steinway D Grand Piano and excellent acoustics. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Admission will be free, but donations are encouraged to support further family programs like this one.