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The Magic of Eric Carle

Join the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) and All Classical Portland’s International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) on January 8, 2023, at 4:00 PM PT at the Newmark Theatre for The Magic of Eric Carle. This special in-person event will bring five of Eric Carle’s most beloved stories – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I See A Song, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, The Very Quiet Cricket, and Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me – to the stage with a unique and collaborative mix of animation, live orchestral music, and narration.

Perfect for the young and young at heart, this concert will feature original compositions by Julian Nott, performed by MYS’ Symphony Orchestra, a screening of animations by Illuminated Films, and live narration by some of your favorite All Classical Portland and ICAN hosts: Christa Wessel, Adam Eccleston, and Sarah Zwinklis. MYS Music Director Raúl Gómez-Rojas conducts. Learn more at

All Classical Portland and ICAN are proud Media Sponsors of The Magic of Eric Carle.

Anticipated run time is 60+ minutes. Tickets range from $11-$40, and are now available for purchase at or by calling 503-239-4566.

Before the show (3:00-4:00 PM), aspiring musicians will have an opportunity to try out instruments at MYS’ Instrument Petting Zoo.


With a foundational commitment to make music education accessible to all, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops, and promotes young musicians of all ages and levels of experience each year, with enrollment of nearly 400 students in the 2022-23 season. MYS is one of the nation’s largest youth orchestra programs, with students from six counties participating in fourteen ensembles including orchestra, strings, band, percussion, and jazz.

Together with theory classes, instrumental coaching in small groups, and opportunities to collaborate with performers across artistic disciplines, MYS ensemble programs develop the whole musician.

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Illuminated Films is an award-winning British animation studio with several successful series under its
belt, including the 4-time BAFTA nominated ‘Little Princess’ series, Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry
Caterpillar and Other Stories’, and the ratings success ‘The Rubbish World of Dave Spud’ for CITV.
Illuminated is also the distributor of the Raymond Briggs special ‘Father Christmas’. Other animated
titles it has produced include award winning ‘War Game’, ‘Prince Cinders’ and the feature film
‘Christmas Carol – The Movie’ with voices including Kate Winslet and Nicholas Cage and also featuring
the music of Julian Nott.

The International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) is a dedicated safe space for children to celebrate the
joy of being a child, explore other cultures, and enhance their learning inside and outside of the
classroom. ICAN’s 24-hour radio service, the first of its kind in the nation, provides access to the arts for
all, while nurturing a love for music and literature. ICAN’s diverse music, arts, and literature
programming is curated for children ages 0-12 and the adults who care for them. Listen regionally on All
Classical Portland’s HD-2 channels, streaming and on demand, and via mobile app.

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