Who says classical music has to be a formal affair? Not PROJECT Trio, a classical chamber ensemble fueled by the sounds of rock 'n' roll, hip-hop and jazz, from Guns ‘N Roses to Duke Ellington.
With some 66 million hits on YouTube, appearances on Nickelodeon and MTV and gigs in major concert halls, coffeehouses, clubs and classrooms around the world, this Brooklyn-based ensemble — Greg Pattillo on flute, cellist Eric Stephenson and Peter Seymour on bass — has electrified audiences of all ages with its virtuosity and wild enthusiasm for making music.
Local audiences can catch PROJECT Trio in the first of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 2012 Family Concerts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, with guest conductor Jacomo Bairos.
The program, designed especially for younger children, will also feature a pre-concert instrument “petting zoo” and other activities at 1 p.m.
“The petting zoo is a wonderful thing for children,” said Cheryl Norman-Brick, the orchestra's principal second violin. “They can get their hands on the instruments and experiment with them a little bit and talk to musicians.”