Trinity Alps


Saturday | February 18, 2016 | 10:30am
Noe Valley Ministry

This family friendly program is centered around musical arrangements of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. With 6 instrumental performers (instruments may include violin, cello, bass, and/or flute, clarinet and piano) and a narrator, Just So Stories will feature each instrument taking a different animal or character in the stories, allowing children in the audience to follow the plot and understand the special sounds and nuances of each instrument. There will also be a “petting zoo” of the instruments after the performances.

This concert has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Additional support provided by

About The Trinity Chamber Players:
Trinity Alps Chamber Players are dedicated to providing exceptional and accessible chamber music performances, bringing classical and contemporary chamber music alive to younger generations through education and outreach performances. The organization presents an annual summer festival in Trinity County, and regular seasonal events across California. Since its inception, this organization has presented over 60 public concerts and 25 educational programs at summer camps, schools, and public venues. It has had an evolving roster of almost 50 professional musicians to date, who hail from across the US and Europe.
Composer Danny Clay has an impressive history of working with children, and his compositions have attracted numerous awards and performances by world-renowned groups.

Since 2011 the Trinity Alps Chamber Players have produced over 175 concerts and musical events across Northern California. They have performed the major chamber music repertoire from the past four centuries and commissioned new works from California composers. Their dedication to schools and younger audiences has resulted in over 50 family-friendly performances in schools and public venues, featuring such works as “Carnival of the Animals”, “Peter and the Wolf” and “Just So Stories”.

Also featuring classical music by John Cage, Jacques Ibert, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more, this fun program will feature a new work commissioned for the occasion by the up-and-coming composer Danny Clay. Clay’s music sets three of Rudyard Kipling’s animal origin stories to music with narrator, similar to the classic favorite “Peter and the Wolf”. Ian Scarfe will perform at the piano and narrate, and will be joined by Gina Gulyas on flute, Matthew Boyles on clarinet, Ryan Loweth on guitar, Rachel Patrick on violin, and James Jaffe on cello.

The three selected stories will be “How the Camel Got its Hump”, “How the Whale Got its Throat”, and “The Elephant’s Child”, a tale of the young elephant whose insatiable curiosity gets the better of him in a confrontation with the crocodile of the great green greasy Limpopo river. Danny Clay’s music is direct and elegant, giving each character in stories a different instrument. Memorable moments include the bass clarinet playing the grumpy Camel, who always says “Humph!”, the exotic flute solo of the Genie of the desert, the haunting guitar harmonics depicting the undersea world of the Whale, and the fiddle-playing dancing Mariner (a man of infinite sagacity!) who outwits the Whale. Kipling’s stories are funny and imaginative, showcasing his legendary command of the English language.