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The Childrens Orchestra Society announced that its Young Symphonic Ensemble, with 80 advanced musicians, will present the world premiere of The Little Park Across the Street, at Colden Auditorium, Queens College, on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Gregg Whiteside, on-air host of 96.3 FM WQXRs morning show, "Bright and Early," will narrate. The concert, final in the orchestra's KidsConcerts series, will also include Coplands Hoe Down, Dvoraks New World Symphony and Stokowskis arrangement of Bachs Grand Fugue, performed by all four Childrens Orchestra Society orchestras with more than 150 musicians.
Now in its 33rd season, Childrens Orchestra Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching children the language of music. Our child-centered teaching approach is unique, said Executive Director Yeou-Cheng Ma, daughter of the orchestras late founder, H.T. Ma. We offer each member invaluable experience. Each child enjoys the benefits of music making in a friendly and supportive environment.
Our goal, said Childrens Orchestra Society music director and conductor Michael Dadap is to teach children and young adults to play classical music. We give them the opportunity to perform in orchestral and chamber music concerts with well-established musicians as well as their peers.
Childrens Orchestra Society creates professional performing opportunities and provides role models for children while involving them with their community through performances for civic and cultural groups. From a fledgling group of 35 string players in 1984, the orchestra today has more than 200 students, with three orchestras and 25 chamber music groups.
Michael Valenti wrote the music for The Little Park Across the Street. He has written extensively for Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including his Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, written in collaboration with Elsa Okon Rael, which is still the longest running childrens musical ever produced in New York.
Elsa Okon Rael wrote the book for The Little Park Across the Street. Her eight plays for young audiences were recognized by Billboard Magazine with a special citation for excellence in writing for children. Rael is currently president of the Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media, and serves on the executive board of The League of Professional Theatre Women.
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