Kapilow!

Kapilow!
© photo by Peter Schaaf
Rob Kapilow spent his summer hard at work ona new music-listening guide for Simon &Schuster. But, lurking in the back of hismind was the fact that with 50 appearancesfor 2005-06, this is his busiest season ever.On 5 October, Kapilow goes to Cerritos, CAwith his interactive educational program"What Makes It Great?" and starts off acoast-to-coast tour of this perennialfavorite, which focuses on a variety ofcomposers from Beethoven to Shostakovich -including an all-Mozart program at AliceTully Hall, where Kapilow is the only artistto be granted his own personal concert seriesat Lincoln Center. "FamilyMusik" at Boston'sCelebrity Series celebrates its tenthanniversary with six concerts, and opens thismonth with a performance of Kapilow's DR.SEUSS'S GREEN EGGS AND HAM. This year,Kapilow takes both events north of the borderto present their Canadian premieres with newprogramming targeted to teenaged and youngadult audiences.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - “For the past ten years, Rob has single-handedly introduced a whole new generation ofchildren to the wonders of classical musicand dance. In a matter of minutes, he had6-year-old ‘doubting Thomases’ eating out ofthe palm of his hands and now we have16-year-old music and dance lovers for life!”— Martha Jones, president, Boston CelebritySeries- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kapilow heads to big-sky country on 29October for the Helena Symphony's openingconcert of his orchestral narrative SUMMERSUN, WINTER MOON. The work was commissionedby the Carlsen Center to honor the Lewis andClark Bicentennial, and was premiered lastyear by the Kansas City Symphony andsubsequently performed by co-commissionersSaint Louis Symphony and LouisianaPhilharmonic. Kapilow set the story throughthe eyes of the Native American experience.He traveled to the American Blackfeet Tribein Montana for inspiration which resulted ina fruitful collaboration with tribe memberDarrell Kipp as librettist.Somehow, Kapilow still finds time to conduct.On 11 December, he leads the Toronto Symphonyin a Holiday concert of his settings of Chrisvan Allsburg's POLAR EXPRESS and ELIJAH'SANGEL.

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