The Cricket in Times Square
Based on the book by George Selden
Composed and Adapted by Chris Brubeck
Directed by Scot Reese
Steven Reineke, conductor
Marne Anderson, stage manager
Doug Brown, Narrator/Cricket
James J. Johnson, Papa Bellini
Nick Kendall, Violin/Cricket
Donna Migliaccio, Mama Bellini
Tony Nam, Smedley/etc.
Jason Phillips, Mario Bellini
Michael Russotto, Tucker Mouse
Holly Twyford, Harry Cat
When little country cricket Chester mistakenly travels by picnic basket to New York City, his music is transformed forever. Chester's pitch-perfect chirps accompany classical sounds to make him a Times Square sensation in this world premiere retelling of George Selden's Newbery Honor book, The Cricket in Times Square, composed and adapted by jazz innovator and genre-bending modern classical composer Chris Brubeck. Join the NSO, Chester Cricket as performed by Nick Kendall on solo violin, and Chester's buddies--Mario, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat--portrayed by actors, for a funny, sweet, and magically musical story of a little cricket finding his voice in the big city. Age 5 and up.
Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." 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. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. 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.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
The Macy's Foundation and Washington Gas are the proud sponsors of the NSO Family Concerts.
Additional support for the NSO Family Concerts is provided by the
Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided in part by Adobe Foundation; The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Macy*s Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; U.S. Department of Education; Washington Gas; and by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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