Cabrillo Festival’s annual Free Family Concert this year features another musician with whom Alsop shares a long and productive association, Gregory Smith. He is the multi-talented composer and arranger of scores, songs and themes for television (Star Trek, MSNBC), film (Con Air, Pocahontas II) and Disney theme park productions, as well as the creator of engaging family-friendly concert music that has been performed by major orchestras from Boston to Bonn, Toronto to Hong Kong. Alsop has conducted the world premieres of four family works by Smith here at Cabrillo. Mr. Smith’s Composition, the plum piece he’s narrating for this year’s Free Family Concert, was first presented by Alsop and the Eugene Symphony in 1990. It’s a comic and educational journey into Smith’s fertile mind as he composes, and a favorite for Alsop to conduct. This concert for all ages gets going with Smith’s lively curtain-raiser, Tempus Fugit (Time Flies, in Latin), guest conducted by Alexandra Arrieche. His latest work introduces the instruments to the audience by describing the mode of transportation that brought them to the show. In his clever and inimitable way, Smith covers a lot of ground in three-and-a-half minutes.
Photo credit, clockwise from left: Tour of the Orchestra, rr jones; Gregory Smith, 2012 Free Family Concert, rr jones; Marin Alsop, Adriane White; Alexandra Arrieche.