“The Tortoise and the Hare” to be Performed as Children’s Concert

Flemington, NJ (October 30, 2017)—The West Side Woodwind Quintet will perform a children’s concert featuring a musical piece based on Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” narrated by the performance artist Mary Pucci, on Sunday, November 5, at 1:00 pm at the Flemington Jewish Community Center. Admission for children is free; for adults, $10 per person.

The West Side Woodwind Quintet is comprised of the principle woodwinds and French horn players of the Broadway Bach Ensemble, a community orchestra that performs on the Upper West Side. Since they founded the quintet in 2015, they have performed throughout the New York Metropolitan area. The musicians hold a variety of day-job careers, including professor of law, school librarian, editor and manager of product development at the Steinway Company, a master in the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, and medical oncologist.

The musical setting for the time-honored fable is by the bassoonist and saxophonist John Falcone, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Juilliard School. John’s wife, Katarina Falcone, wrote the narration that accompanies the musical performance.

Liz DeJean, who plays French horn in the quintet, says, “‘The Tortoise and the Hare,’ by combining music and narration, helps children gain an appreciation for how music can tell a story.” Eliot Friedman, the oboist in the group, finds the music for this piece easy for young people to listen to. “Each of the animals in the story has his own musical theme—lively for the hare, plodding for the tortoise.”

Also on the program are the overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (arranged by Gil DeJean); “Haitian Folk Tales,” by the Haitian composer Lina Mathon Blanchet; “First Bagatelle,” by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti; and the “Washington Post March,” by John Philip Sousa. All these pieces are chosen to accommodate the interest and attention span of children.

The Flemington Jewish Community Center is located at 5 Sergeantsville Road in Flemington NJ.  RSVP at (908)782 -6410 or online at www.flemingtonjcc.org.