NSO Family Concert: The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Starring John Lithgow, the Kennedy Center commission based on E.B. White's classic, The Trumpet of the Swan, returns. Though Louis is a trumpeter swan, he was born without a voice. Will a brass trumpet bring freedom, fame, fortune, and love? Age 7+
Based on the book by E.B. White Book by Marsha Norman Music by Jason Robert Brown Jason Robert Brown, conductor Directed by Joe Calarco Featured performers: Naomi Jacobson, Jason Lott, Jenna Sokolowski, Craig Wallace, and Michael Willis
How does a trumpeter swan communicate when he's born without a voice? Louis finds the answer when he learns to play a real brass trumpet he got from his father. Through the friendship of a young boy, Sam, and a determination to pay back his father's debt on the trumpet, Louis overcomes adversity to attain freedom, fame, fortune, and love. An entertaining theatrical adaptation of E.B. White's classic story, these performances star two-time Tony-winning actor John Lithgow as the boy Sam, and feature local award-winning actors Naomi Jacobson as Mother Swan, Jason Lott as Louis' Thoughts, Jenna Sokolowski as Serena, Craig Wallace as Father Swan, and Michael Willis as Man. The role of Louis is performed by trumpeter Christopher Venditti. The Washington Post praises it as "Enchanting! This lushly scored work will send you home with a helpless, contented smile on your face." The production features music by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade) and a script adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden). For age 7 and up.
Special Time for Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." There will be one "petting zoo" on Sun., Mar. 27 from 3-4:45 p.m., in between the two performances of The Trumpet of the Swan. 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. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 5 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Following the 5 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists, including John Lithgow.