Most children know the story of “Green Eggs and Ham.” The Dr. Seuss classic is also familiar to parents who have read that story to their children.
What you might not know is that there is orchestral music for the book. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform the music for its annual Family Concert Sunday in the Bill Heard Theatre.
“It’s a specific orchestral piece that has narration with it,” said JJ Musgrove, the symphony’s executive director. “The two people will be Sam, who will be played by Caroline Garcia. There is a narrator part that I’m going to do.”
He said the script is sort of “speak singing,” or talking in rhythm.
“It’s very fun,” Musgrove said. “Caroline is very good.”
But don’t think it’s a big theatrical piece. Musgrove said the music is where the focus is.
Before the concert
You and your children might want to get to the concert early, because there will be a lot of activities.
“We have lots of fun games, but we’re going to do something a little bit different this year,” Musgrove said.
There will be a scavenger hunt where children have to find small groups of musicians in various parts of the lobby and mezzanine areas. The children will find them and the musicians will play a little bit and give them a sticker or mark their paper.
Once they’ve found all the musicians and heard what the instruments sound like, they can go to the prize table and get a little prize.
The ever popular instrument petting zoo will also be back where kids get a chance to play on a violin or see if they can get a sound out of a French horn.
“They can’t hurt the instruments,” Musgrove promises worried parents. “These won’t be fine instruments. They are of instrument petting zoo quality.”
Thanks to Toast of the Town
“We didn’t do the Family Concert last year due to the economy,” Musgrove said. “We were able to bring it back.”
Toast of the Town, a wine and food event, which was founded to fund the Family Concert and the Young People’s concerts, was so successful that it was possible to do what the committee set out to accomplish.
In fact, the Young People’s concerts for school groups will be Monday morning.