“Teddy Bears and Tunes, our concert specially prepared for pre-school age to third graders focuses on music related to Valentine’s Day and music that tells stories,” stated Kevin McMahon, SSO Music Director & Conductor. The program is a shorter concert, about thirty minutes of music with five to ten minutes of storytelling and images projected to make the concert experience come alive for the children.
“Teddy Bears and Tunes will open with the jaunty music of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Polka from The Age of Gold. Next on the program is Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, including movements related to Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, the Empress of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast, as well as The Enchanted Garden. Following is the moving finale from Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird.”
The SSO is pleased to present Orchestra member, Joshua Guarisco’s world premiere of his work, Crash Bang Donkey!, featuring a narrator to immerse the youngsters in the fairy tale. “Next is Robert Smith’s, The Great Steamboat Race, where our young audience members will be invited to make music with the orchestra,” explained McMahon. The concert is rounded out with an excerpt from Rossini’s Overture to William Tell.
“We are delighted to offer this special program, designed for children from preschool age to 3rd grade, added McMahon. “We believe you will find the program is educational, inspiring, and entertaining for those of any age.”
1. The concert is Sunday, February 17, 3:00 pm at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.
2. Tickets are available for the February 17th concert. Ticket prices are $10 for Adults, $5 for Children, 3 and under free. Call the SSO office for tickets, (920) 452-1985. Tickets are also available at the door the day of the concert.
3. All ticket holders receive FREE admission to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum for the “After-Party” following the show.