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Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:54

Orchestra tunes up for ‘Fantasy Favorites’

Written by  Staff Writer
“Fantasy Favorites for the Young in Age & the Young in Heart” is the March 21 concert that will be presented by the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. “Fantasy Favorites for the Young in Age & the Young in Heart” is the March 21 concert that will be presented by the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. File photo
JANESVILLE — The musicians of Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra will present “Fantasy Favorites for the Young in Age & the Young in Heart” on Thursday, March 21, in Janesville.

The concert will feature “Ferdinand the Bull,” with music by Georges Bizet, Joseph Haydn’s “Toy Symphony,” Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Darius Milhaud’s “La Creation du Monde” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St. An abbreviated matinee performance at 1 p.m. March 21 is open to school groups and home school groups and families.

“Music from Georges Bizet’s most famous opera, ‘Carmen,’ is the perfect accompaniment to the story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf,” according to a BJSO news release. “This is the charming tale of a young bull, Ferdinand, who prefers to smell the flowers under the peaceful shade of his favorite cork tree to butting heads with the other young bulls ... ”

Local storyteller, actor and BJSO Executive Director Edie Baran will narrate “Ferdinand the Bull.”

The three movements of the “Toy Symphony” feature sounds of toys and instruments “that sound like they came straight from a toymaker’s workshop,” the release said.

“In the ‘Mother Goose Suite,’ Ravel takes us into a fairytale garden, where we meet Sleeping Beauty, Little Tom Thumb, the Princess of the Pagoda and where we hear a conversation between Beauty and the Beast.”

The March 21 concerts are appropriate for all ages.

“BJSO encourages families to introduce their children to the beauty and wonder of live orchestral music,” the release said.

Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended, although some may be available at the door for the evening performance.

Tickets are available by going online to janesvillepac.org or by calling 608-758-0297.

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