The Red Velvet Violin (2014)
a symphonic puppet show for children (orchestra, narrator, puppets)
Orchestration: 2-1-2-1 / 2-2-2-0, 4 percussionists, strings (with solo violin)
with story by Anna Moreno
The Red Velvet Violin, a symphonic puppet show for children, is a collaborative work commissioned by the Davis Schools Association for Orchestral Music. The project was part of an annual outreach concert to inspire younger children with the power of music. In February 2014 the work was premiered in Davis, California for over 2,000 elementary school children in four concerts, as well as a fifth concert open to the public. The performance was given by the Davis High Symphony-Orchestra under the baton of Angelo Moreno, with story-writer Anna Moreno (Angelo’s mother), narrating. Art Gruenberger and the Puppet Art Theater Co. directed and performed the puppetry, and Ryan Suleiman composed the music.