October 03, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will present two celebrated children’s classics brought to life in its award-winning Family Concerts in 2011.  Peter and the Wolf AND Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham will be presented in matinees on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 and 3:30pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  These concerts are designed for the entire family to enjoy the thrill of live professionally performed symphonic music and will feature storyteller Michael Boudewyns and soprano Kimberly Schroeder.  Families are also encouraged to attend ‘Meet the Musicians’ sessions at 1:15 or 4:30pm and learn about the different instruments.  Tickets to the Family Concerts are $12 in all sections, and the performances are recommended for ages 4 and up.  Tickets are available by calling the ASO Box Office at 410-263-0907 or online at www.annapolissymphony.org.

The ASO will also perform four additional sold-out concerts of Peter and the Wolf & Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham for elementary school students of Anne Arundel County on October 26th and 27th.  The ASO gratefully acknowledges M&T Bank and Target Foundation for their generous sponsorship of these programs.

Peter and the Wolf. The classic story of wolf versus boy. And duck. And bird. And cat. Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless tale comes to life in this playful vaudeville-inspired one-man performance by actor Michael Boudewyns. This performance, hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “immensely likeable” and “using simplicity as a form of genius,” is sure to engage and inspire imaginations of all ages.

Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham “Do YOU like Green Eggs and Ham?” This musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s classic, cleverly composed by Robert Kapilow and featuring the unstoppable Sam-I-Am, is a feast for the ears. Soprano Kimberly Schroeder and storyteller Michael Boudewyns join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra to serve up a delightful dish in this cartoon-musical banquet.

Actor Michael Boudewyns is a frequent guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and New Jersey’s Symphony in C, and is excited to be making his Annapolis Symphony Orchestra debut. In addition to concert appearances, Michael has also performed around the country with many theatres including American Players Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Enchantment Theatre Company, the Resident Ensemble Players, the First State Children’s Theater Company, and the Utah and Baltimore Shakespeare Festivals.

Soprano Kimberly Schroeder grew up in Iowa where she began her singing career. She graduated with degrees in vocal music performance and dance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2002, she performed at Carnegie Hall with UNL’s prestigious University Singers. She was also honored to be a featured dancer and chorus member in The Bohemian Girl, which won Best Operetta at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera in Ireland.  Kimberly continues to be a featured singer, dancer, and choreographer with credits including Fiddler on the Roof, La Boheme, Amahl and the Night Visitors, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Cinderella.

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