NSO Family Concerts: Rip Van Winkle and Other Musical Tales
Sunday, November 20, 2005

Leonard Slatkin conducts music inspired by beloved stories and characters, including the world premiere of Rip Van Winkle, narrated by Tony(r) winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and inspired by Washington Irving's classic tale.

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For the first Family Concert in the NSO's 75th Anniversary Season, Leonard Slatkin conducts a fascinating program of music inspired by some of the world's most beloved characters and stories! The highlight is the world premiere of Rip Van Winkle--a new work that, through narration and music, brings to life Washington Irving's tall tale about a man who finally awakens from 20 years of sleep, only to discover that everything has changed. Created by Pulitzer Prize winner David Del Tredici, Rip Van Winkle is the first in a new series of NSO commissions that unites American folk tales with outstanding American composers. The work will be narrated by Tony Award(r) winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, acclaimed for his performances in Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate and the 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration production of Sweeney Todd.  Mitchell will also sing "Impossible Dream" from The Man of La Mancha, a role for which he received a 2003 Tony nomination.

Also featured are the Overture to Bernstein's Candide, "Huckleberry Finn" from Grofé's Mississippi Suite, Copland's Down a Country Lane, "Jubilee" from Gould's Spirituals for Orchestra, and John Williams's Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial. 

Recommended for ages 7 & up

Come Early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting an hour before the concert, this hands-on activity gives young concertgoers a chance to get up close with the instruments they'll see played professionally on the stage--from violins, harps, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Kids' Chats
Following each of the 3 p.m. Family Concerts, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the artists. For this concert, stay for a talk with Leonard Slatkin, Rip Van Winkle composer David Del Tredici, and librettist Ray Warman.

NEW! See the Musicians Up Close on the Big Screen
Beginning this season, all NSO Family Concerts will feature Image Magnification, which projects the music-making onstage onto a giant screen above the Orchestra! It's a great way to see how the artists play their instruments as you listen to the music.

Program and Notes

    Leonard Bernstein
    Overture to Candide
    Ferde Grofé
    Mississippi Suite
    Mitch Leigh
    Man of La Mancha
    Aaron Copland
    Down a Country Lane
    Morton Gould
    Spirituals for Orchestra
    John Williams
    Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
    David del Tredici
    Rip Van Winkle


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