The Orchestra performs the world premiere of "Miranda's Waltz," a new work about Maestro Mouse by composer Susan Kander with dialogue by Mary Hall Surface, commissioned especially for families by the Kennedy Center in collaboration with the NSO.
Sarah Hatsuko Hicks, conductor With a twitch of his whiskers and a shake of his tail, D.C.'s favorite baton-wielding mouse, the lively star of Peter and Cheryl Barnes's popular children's book, has kept the paparazzi on their toes with sightings all around our nation's capital, from the Instrument "Petting Zoo" to the White House Easter Egg Roll. Now, Maestro Mouse returns to his home for a whole new family program, which will feature the world premiere of a new Kennedy Center commission, "Miranda and Maestro Mouse: Miranda's Waltz", a symphonic adventure for full orchestra and actor. Composed by Susan Kander with a story by Mary Hall Surface, the new work shows us how a maestro of a mouse opens up a whole new world to a little girl through music.
Come Early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo," a project of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra. An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion--in the Kennedy Center Atrium.
Kids' Chats--Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.