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Mar. 2023 | OrKIDstra

On Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 PM Bremerton WestSound Symphony presents a free concert of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Matthew Golliub’s Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga. This one-hour concert is filled with glorious orchestral music, jazz, tall tales, singing and acting. The program is specifically designed for families and children.


Many of you will be familiar with Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King but may not know that the original was an accompaniment to Henrik Ibsen’s play, which included spoken dialogue, songs, choruses, and music for the Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle. You will also hear music of the Lur, the ancient Norwegian horn. If you are familiar with the post office in Poulsbo, you have seen the long wooden Lur above the door. Our production includes traditional music for a Norwegian wedding and a sleigh ride. Peer Gynt’s travels take him to Africa and desert lands with a chorus of Bedouin women and the song of Anitra, the chief’s daughter.


Back in Norway, Peer Gynt explores caves until he is confronted by trolls – teenage trolls. As everyone knows, to be beautiful, a troll must have at least two heads (three is preferred) and a tail. The girl-trolls all make fun of Peer Gynt, all except the daughter of the Mountain King. She decides that, though he is from an ugly race of one-headed beings, she will take him as a boyfriend. This is entirely too much for the conservative, xenophobic troll leadership. Elder trolls sound the alarm and summon the troll-pack to deal with Peer Gynt. He tries to escape by tiptoeing from the deep Hall of the Mountain King back up to the surface but is spotted by a troll-watchman. The trolls fall upon Peer and begin beating him and planning their dinner menu with Peer as the main course. At the last moment, just as Peer is giving up, the early-morning church bells ring. Since trolls cannot stand the light of day, they scatter back into the deep caverns and Peer is saved. Our soprano soloist is Dr. Emerald Lessley and our Peer Gynt is Terry McCauley.


As a delightful prelude to this drama, we present Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga, performed by our Youth Jazz ensemble. This Benjamin Franklin Book Award winner by Matthew Gollub, celebrates language, the inventive spirit of jazz, and will have you tapping your toes as you read along to the book projected on the big screen..


These performances will be an inspiration to all our students and will encourage them to learn more about the music and the cultures we present.


This special concert is completely free of charge and may fill up quickly. Please contact us with any questions.


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