Family Concert: Greta’s Dream

Monday • December 20, 2010

New Haven, CT December 20, 2010: Can a hippo really learn to fly? Embark on a musical journey with members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s (NHSO) double bass section as they present Greta’s Dream, a Family Concert recommended for children 3-10 years, their parents and grandparents, Sunday, January 23, at the Shelton Intermediate School, Saturday, January 29, at the Omni New Haven Hotel and Sunday, January 30, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan. All performances begin at 2:00pm and last approximately one hour.

Greta’s Dream is the story of a young hippopotamus who dreams of flying. Despite the nay sayings of her fellow hippos, Greta’s best friend Polly (a frog) believes that perhaps she can actually fly, but just needs help to learn how. Greta and Polly embark on an adventure to seek out the famous Hippo Wizards who can hopefully teach young Greta how to realize her dream. The story will be accompanied by four double basses playing music especially composed for the story by Charles DeRamus.

The NHSO Family Concert Series offers children and their families a lively introduction to the sections of the orchestra and its music through child-friendly performances. Orchestra members accompanied by special guest performers bring music to life for young audiences in one-hour programs that include narration and visuals along with the music.

Children are invited to attend the INSTRUMENT DISCOVERY ZONE beginning one half-hour before each concert. This is an opportunity for children to meet the musicians as well as see, hear, and play instruments featured in the concert.

Tickets ($15/adult, $12/senior, $5/child) can be purchased by calling the NHSO Box Office at (203) 865-0831, ext. 10 or online at www.newhavensymphony.org. Tickets are limited so act fast!

Support for Greta’s Dream generously provided by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bank of America, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Greater New Haven, and Tweed New Haven Regional Airport.