NSO Family Concerts: Rip Van Winkle and Other Musical Tales
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.
- Sun., Nov. 20, 2005
- Multiple Venues
- 1 hour
- $15.00 - $18.00
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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.
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
- Overture to Overture to Candide
- "Huckleberry Finn" from Mississippi Suite
- "Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha
- Down a Country Lane
- "Jubilee" from Spirituals for Orchestra
- Flying Theme from Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
- DEL TREDICI
- Rip Van Winkle
- A National Symphony Orchestra Commission, made possible by a gift from Ann and Tom Friedman
News and Reviews
"Making Pieces Come Alive For Kids"
The Washington Post – Washington, DC (Nov. 08, 2005)