Rumble in the Jungle!
—Annual Family Concert to Feature “Really Inventive Stuff” —
(January 10, 2017) The Missoula Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage on Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m. for its annual Family Concert. The show, now in its eleventh year, provides an opportunity for kids to learn about music and the orchestra in a fun and entertaining setting.
The show this year features two guest actors, Michael Boudewyns (BOH-doh-wihn) and Kimberly Schroeder, both members of the production company “Really Inventive Stuff.” Based out of Portland, Maine, the touring company performs family and education concerts with orchestras, conductors and musicians all around the world. The company is comprised of classically-trained performers and their productions are created with a “core commitment to imaginative, playful, and entertaining storytelling which combine vaudeville and classic theatre, while keeping music in the spotlight.”
“We’re really excited to be working with this team,” said Missoula Symphony Orchestra executive director, John Driscoll. “They’re charming, clever and entertaining, and this is their specialty: musical programs for young people that educate in a fun and funny fashion. Partnering with a production company like this is new for us, and we’re confident it’s going to be a huge success.”
The concerts, which take place at the Dennison Theatre, run about an hour – perfect for young attention spans. This year’s repertoire includes excerpts from two well-known pieces, Francis Poulenc’s The Story of Babar and George Kleinsinger’s Tubby the Tuba.
Joining Boudewyns and Schroeder will be guest conductor Steven Jarvi. Hailing most recently from St. Louis, Jarvi has guest-conducted worldwide and has performed with artists such as Lyle Lovett, Art Garfunkel, Kenny G, and Chris Botti. “And now Tubby the Tuba!” quips Driscoll.
The show is also performed earlier in the day as part of the Symphony’s ongoing community outreach to about 2,000 fourth-graders representing more than 40 schools from Missoula and the region. “Kids bus in from as far as St. Regis and Philipsburg. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to do outreach to kids who might not have the exposure to classical music in their community,” says Driscoll. The focus on fourth-graders is intentional, he adds, as the fall semester of fifth-grade year is when children in the Missoula school district select an instrument to play. “For some kids this concert is the first time they’ve ever even heard certain instruments—if we can inspire a future classical music lover or tuba player, we’ve done our job,” he says.
To get kids excited about the concert, the Symphony is also sponsoring a “Rumble in the Jungle” coloring contest, with the winners to be announced at the concert. Artwork can be viewed the month of January at Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, 420 N. Higgins Ave. Ste. D. Young artists can find the picture to color on the Symphony website, at the Symphony Office or at Sweet Peaks.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. Family Concert can be purchased online at missoulasymphony.org, by phone at 721-3194, or in person at the Symphony office at 320 East Main Street. All tickets $8.
Press Release: January 10, 2017
Media Contact: Lucy Beighle (406) 239-3193