Experience cartoons like never before: with live jazz.

Come see The Queen’s Cartoonists 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 4 at the Mainstage Theater at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27.

The band, made up of six musicians from Queens, New York, showcases two American art forms in this pop culture experience: jazz music and cartoons.

The show includes iconic cartoons like Betty Boop, Popeye and The Pink Panther on screen, while the band plays live tracks by legends like Cab Calloway and Henry Mancini.

“It’s a show that reaches all generations,” said Joel Pierson, artistic director for The Queen’s Cartoonists. “The older generation grew up with these characters, us regular adults also remember them, and kids love seeing the interaction of the music and films.”

The Queen’s Cartoonists play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. The performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, and the band leads the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem and comedy.

“The audiences are thrilled to get an inside look into how fun and difficult the music is,” Pierson said. “Accompanying animations is quite complicated – things are synchronized precisely, etc. We also do a lot of foley (sound effects) to bring the cartoons to life. The show has a lot of humor and even theatrics, so there tends to be a good amount of laughter.”

Tying this diverse concert together are comedic anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. The band is on a musical mission of equal parts performance, preservation and education. Expect the unexpected from repertoire that includes the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern animation and elements of a musical circus.

Don’t miss them on their only stop in Central Florida this year.

Buy your tickets today at www.ClermontPAC.com, at the box office, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27 (open 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), or by calling 352-394-4800. The 2019-20 season’s theme is IMPRESSIONS IN TIME.

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