Family Fun with Madcap Puppets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2016
Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525, ext. 100
Concert Artists of Baltimore Presents Family Fun Concert with Madcap Puppet’s Peter and the Wolf
BALTIMORE, MD: Artistic Director Edward Polochick and Concert Artists of Baltimore will perform a Family Fun Concert featuring the Madcap Puppets. Madcap’s Peter and the Wolf is a contemporary telling of the classic drama with the wonderful music of Sergei Prokofiev. Set in an urban environment, the audience meets a ruffian wolf in a pin-stripe suit, a spoiled teenage bird that lives to shop, a poor homeless duck that washes in the public fountain, a pickpocket cat who’s always prowling the streets and, of course, the lovable kid Peter. Children from the audience are chosen to play police officers. They eventually get their “man” (the wolf), arrest him and, joined by the other characters, lead him away on a parade through the auditorium.
Concert Artists of Baltimore’s Family Fun Concert is Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 3:00pm at Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-18. Tickets are available at cabmusic.org or by calling 410-625-3525. This concert is sponsored by the Peggy & Yale Gordon Trust and the Herbert Bearman Foundation.
Concert Artists of Baltimore is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council: an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. These programs are also made possible by a grant from the Citizens of Baltimore County and have been funded by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Madcap Puppets are nationally recognized for engaging and original children’s theatre productions, as well as in-school residency programs that include performances, workshops, and residencies. Children’s learning experiences are enriched with performances based on world literature and cultures, thanks to Madcap’s partnerships with schools and libraries across the country. Audiences enjoy the collaborations with orchestras, museums, opera and ballet, which allow Madcap to bring a richly textured artistic experience to children and their families <http://www.madcappuppets.com>
The current season marks Maestro Polochick’s 29th year as Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore. 2015-2016 also marks his 18th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. From 1979-1999 he was on the staff of the Baltimore Symphony as Director of the Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 he has been at the Peabody Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor. An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, he has appeared as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Polochick has attracted attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. His appearances have included the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Aalborg Symphony of Denmark, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico.
Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore, where he is often asked to share his knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications, and radio broadcasts. He received the Peggy and Yale Gordon Achievement Award and in 2000 he was made an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club. In 2002 he was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of only three Peabody alumni to be so honored. In 2003-04 he was named Baldwin Scholar at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where he held lectures, demonstrations, and panels on the creative act of music. Maestro Polochick is also a regular panelist on Face The Music, a review of recordings hosted by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC-FM. In 2011 he adjudicated the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in Caiazzo, Italy. Last season Maestro Polochick led a set of Masterworks Series concerts on the podium of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony.
Concert Artists of Baltimore
Founded by Edward Polochick and in its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.
The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. The 2014-15 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that will continue this season at the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival.
The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well- known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in “Capacity Building Baltimore”.