In the first BPO Kids program of 2019 conductor Todd Craven led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of music from the Americas on February 10.

With a somewhat nontraditional Classical music program, the BPO enlisted the help of Canadian performer Daniele Desormeau and Platypus Theatre creator Peter Deschenes to bring a theatrical element to the afternoon.

Combining music, dance, and dialogue; the BPO told the story of Ma’s adventures as he heard music from various areas of North, Central, and South America.

Armed with a drum, the precocious red headed Ma (who very much resembled Chuckie) began by interrupting the Orchestra with his drum, but later he settled in to become a part of the story when a blue dog named Mambo came on stage.

The program opened with the Veneualian piece “Alma Llanera Pajarillo”. Performing music from Quebec, the United States, Mexico, the Andes, and Brazil; the BPO performed “Tico Tico no Fuba”, “John Phillip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March, “Pot-pourri Lavallois”, “Oblivion”, “Drum Magic”, “La Mariposa”, “Rain Sounds” – for a tropical storm, “Duelo” from “Hommaje a Frederico Garcia Lorca”, “La Bruja”, “Danzes Cubanas”, “Gabriel’s Oboe”, “panish Dance No. 1” from “La Vida Breve”, and finishing out the afternoon with “Mambo” from “West Side Story” with the house on their feet dancing.

After the concert Mambo returned to the stage fro a meet and greet with concert goers.