Fredonia First United Methodist Church invites the public to the next event in the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Music Series. On Saturday at 4 p.m. (immediately following the Fredonia Halloween Parade), all are invited to a performance of Saint-Saens' "The Carnival of the Animals," followed by a sundae bar and childrens' activities. Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes.
"The Carnival of the Animals" is a light-hearted musical joke, dashed off by the composer in a few days while on holiday in 1886. The piece is composed of a series of short sections, each descriptive of an animal, including "The Tortoise," "The Elephant," "Fossils," and perhaps the most familiar, "The Swan."
The piece is short, only about 20 minutes long, and therefore appropriate for even small children. This concert will be performed by students from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, and conducted by Tim Antonacci, director of the Fredonia FUMC Chancel Choir. At the conclusion of the piece, children will be invited to meet the performers and the instruments.
All concerts in the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Series are presented free of charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. There is a very small donation asked for the sundae bar.