FABLES: FIVE AESOP’S FABLES FOR ORCHESTRA AND NARRATOR
Aesop was one of the greatest storytellers of all-time. His fables have been entertaining and teaching people all over the world for over 2,500 years. After all that time, his stories have finally been turned into a 25-minute orchestra piece. Fables: Five Aesop’s Fables for Orchestra and Narrator, composed by Art Wheeler and Paul Reisler, will had its world premieres with four performances at Charlottesville’s Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center and Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Theatre House in Castleton, VA. Tom Paxton and Paul wrote the libretto.
The performances featured Ted Pugh and Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Maestro Leonard Bernstein, as the narrators. Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece Peter and the Wolf rounded out the program. There are a number of other orchestras interested in performing the work. Stay tuned.
Bouncin’ is a new Kid Pan Alley family musical with book and music by Paul Reisler featuring some of the amazing songs he’s written with children across the country. It’s a story of friendship, the dissolution of that friendship and a coming back together in crisis. Along the way, 2 of the friends, a black boy who likes to rap and his white singer/songwriter friend discover that they are brothers. Bouncin’ recently premiered at George Mason University Center for the Arts.