Musical Tales, launched in 2020, combines a variety of art forms into one production. The idea behind this program is to use classical music to present well-known children’s stories, such as The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, later turned into a musical play by the French composer Francis Poulenc. The 2020 season also presents Peter and the Wolf, a musical symphony for children written by Sergei Prokofiev. In these programs, live music and imagery connect to create a full arts experience to engage the young audience.
Music Around the World is a program that brings various musical genres from different areas of the world alive to young audiences. Launched in the 2019 season, our audiences have already experienced music from such countries as Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, and Hungary. Musicians leading these programs share not only musical selections from these countries, but also provide students with information about composers, styles, and elements that are unique to each of these specific regions. In the future, we hope to expand this program to include music from other geographical areas, including Asia and Africa!
Musical Instruments, launched in our inaugural 2018 season, teaches audiences about what makes a specific musical instrument unique. Along with performing samples of works on an instrument, the presenting musician also shares information about the parts of the instrument and how it works to produce the sounds that we are able to enjoy. In previous seasons, audiences have enjoyed learning about piano and harp, and we intend to add more instruments in the seasons to come!