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Pianist Laura Leon

Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens

Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens
The Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, coordinated by the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, is the primary responder for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of all marine mammals along the Louisiana coast. These include dolphins, whales, manatees and sea turtles--lucky enough to be found. There is still much work to be done to secure their well-being, safety, and legacy.  

I am dedicating Aquarium from Camille Saint-Saens' beloved Carnival of the Animals to the LMMSTRP, and the Gulf waters itself. Originally composed to connect the composer's friends to animal personalities, Aquarium is breathtakingly beautiful and fluid, capturing the seamless movement of life in the water, as it should be. For information and to donate, please go to www.auduboninstitute.org

BEHIND THE MUSIC: Joining me in Lucien Garban's 4-hand arrangement is pianist Edmund Arkus. He has performed in the US, Europe and Japan, with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo's NHK Orchestra, and collaborates frequently with BSO Assistant Principal oboist Keisuko Wakao. We made this informal recording on January 4, 2001 at Cove City Sound Studios with the late recording engineer Brian Harding.  

ABOUT THE ARTWORK: The CD artwork was created by my sister, Karen Leon, a nationally recognized cartoonist/illustrator, and photographer. She designed KFC's animated Col Sanders. Her military comic strip, Private King & Company, appears in the 2007 HBO edited DVD Thank You for Serving. It has been distributed to troops overseas, including Iraq and Afghanistan, all U.S. bases and military hospitals. Her new cartoon strip, Sgt. Maximus and Company (Sgtmaximusandcompany.com), positively reflects on those who serve, featuring humorous exploration of today's military.

updated: 5 years ago