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BPA Announces All-Blockbuster 2009-10 Season

I’ve actually had this for a couple of days, but didn’t have time to post it until now. Bainbridge Performing Arts will stage four pretty well-known crowd-pleasers for its 2009-10 season, starting off with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.”

The Producers ” will run Oct. 9 to 25, directed by dependable Teresa Thuman.

Peter Pan ” will follow for the holidays, Dec. 11 to 20, co-directed by Steven Fogell and Lee Ann Hittenberger.

The Grapes of Wrath ,” adapted from the great John Steinbeck novel, will run March 19 to 27, directed by Kate Carruthers (whose excellent staging of Yazmina Reza’s “Art” just wrapped up).

And “Man of La Mancha ,” directed by Corey D. McDaniel, will be up May 7 to 23.

BPA also announced the dates for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra ‘s three performance weekends — Nov. 14 and 15, Feb. 20 and 21 and April 17 and 18. Programs will be announced later.

Information: (206) 842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.com

More later … — MM

Youth Served by Bainbridge Symphony Program, Art Display

Youth — and music lovers of all ages — will be served by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra ’s program “Fables and Fairy Tales,” which will be performed March 7 and 8 at Bainbridge Performing Arts .
Music Director David Upham will be on the podium for the program, which will get a 3 p.m. matinee treatment both days.
On the easels will be the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major (with guest soloist Tyler Sherper ), selections from Edward Elgar’s “Wand of Youth” suites and Prokofiev’s beloved “Peter and the Wolf” (with actor Guy Sidora providing the narration.
The music definitely is geared for a young audience, and much of the concerts’ ambiance will be created by young artists. BSO put out an open invitation for youngsters to submit their work, and received several hundreds of responses. More than 100 submitted pieces have bee incorporated into a slide show, which will be shown during the “Wand of Youth” performances each day. The artwork also will be shown before and after the performances in the lobby.
Sherper, a student at Bainbridge’s Hyla Middle School , will front the orchestra for the opening movement of Mozart’s good-natured, optimistic concerto, which also is known as his second “coronation concerto.”
English composer Elgar orchestrated pieces he originally wrote as a child for his “Wand of Youth” suites. The movements, from theatrical pieces created by Elgar and his siblings, were given fanciful titles like “Moths and Butterflies,” “The Sun Dance” and “Faeries and Giants.”
Prokofiev’s whimsical “Peter and the Wolf” debuted quietly in 1936, but gradually grew into a cornerstone of children’s classical repertoire. Its storytelling, which incorporates various orchestral instruments providing the “voices” of the animals, makes it a favorite of audiences — young and otherwise — to this day.
Each performance will be preceded at 2:15 p.m. by a pre-concert chat with Maestro Upham.

‘Fables and Fairy Tales’
Who: Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, David Upham, Music Director; Tyler Sherper, piano; Guy Sidora, narrator
What: Concert of pieces by Mozart, Elgar and Prokofiev
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N
When: 3 p.m. March 7 and 8
Tickets: $18 to $15
Information: (206) 842-8569, bainbridgeperformingarts.org