Following a careful selection of classical works, a story and characteristics inspired by the music, were developed into an animated film. For the first time in the history of the Seoul Arts Center, the Concert Hall, a venue dedicated to classical performances, allowed admission of children as young as 36 months. The show provided an opportunity for young children to discover and familiarize themselves with orchestral music and the performing arts venue.
The first, 2012 edition of Toastor’s Flying Symphony: Kids Concert consisted of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” Toastor has since upgraded and fine-tuned the show with continuous effort. The 2014 edition comprises of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”, and is currently on tour.
As the only production company in Korea to operate a system that combines media contents and performing arts planning, Toastor produced a one-of-a-kind stage piece that incorporates a full symphony orchestra and a large screen spectacle. The resulting synergetic effect is staggering.
All characters in Flying Symphony: Kids Concert are created originally and are designed to provide a unique learning experience for children, introducing them to the world of classical music in a fun and playful manner. The accompanying parents will also share in the fun and excitement.
Flying Symphony: Kids Concerts is endorsed by Korean parents, who are known for their high enthusiasm for and dedication to education. Their approval and support for the show serves as a marketing point. High rate of repeat ticket buyers proves the level of audience satisfaction.
Flying Symphony: Kids Concert comprises of two acts
Act I: Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals”
Instead of the original fifteen movements in the Suite, Flying Symphony: Kids Concert comprises of thirteen. “The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods” and “The Aviary” have been excluded. The movements are connected in a continuous flow drawing the audience deeper into the music.
The children get to hear the distinctive sounds of a chamber orchestra makes – the strings, woodwinds, percussion and pianos. The movements representing different animals are accompanied by a witty animated story. The music reveals the story, drawing the audience deeper into the fantastic world, making the audience feel as though they are walking into a music festival of dreams and as though they are playing the music along with the musicians.
The second act consists of movements extracted from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and offers a whole new visual spectacle different from the ballet. The newly put together story invites the audience into a dreamy world of imagination. Like in the first act, the movements are pieced together into a story but to a much grander sound of the orchestra.
As one of the best known works by Tchaikovsky and perhaps the most familiar of classical tunes to children, the selection of eight movements in this act are extracted for orchestra and will help the audience immerse themselves in the music. The score is reinterpreted in a story that offers a unique fantasy world, visualized by a beautiful imagination. The audience will also experience the grand harmony created by a full symphony orchestra.