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The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

Musical Performance by The Solar Winds
Narrated by Victor Cockburn

Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.

Olin College Auditorium, 1735 Great Plain Avenue, Needham

Concert to Benefit Friends of the Library

Solar Winds

Solar Winds Presents Musical Version of Russian Folk Tale

“The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship,” an enchanting musical version of the old Russian folk tale, will be performed by the acclaimed Solar Winds woodwind ensemble and narrated by Victor Cockburn on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Olin College Auditorium, 1735 Great Plain Avenue, Needham.

“Action, adventure, romance, exciting chases, heroes with super powers, and impossible quests are all rolled together with some of the most beautiful and lively music you’re likely to hear this year,” said Margaret Pantridge, president of the Friends of the Needham Public Library, which organized the benefit concert. “It’s a delightful combination of story and music that will appeal to audiences of all ages.”

In the tradition of Peter and the Wolf, “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship” was written especially for Solar Winds by award-winning composer John Kusiak of Arlington. The story, rewritten by Laura Barrett of Arlington, features Ivan, a brave and resourceful lad who leaves home in search of a mysterious flying ship in which he hopes to win the hand of the beautiful daughter of the Czar. Along the way, he teams up with an eccentric and magical cast of characters.

Special concert features

The hour-long concert also features exciting performances of popular favorites for winds, a sing-along, an introduction to the instruments, and an amusing and informative audience participation segment on how music is composed and arranged. Composer Kusiak and author Barrett will speak before the performance and will be available at an author’s reception immediately following. The CD and book will be available for sale and signing.

About The Solar Winds

A traditional woodwind quintet, The Solar Winds brings music of the highest quality to schools and concert halls throughout the Boston area. Since 1989, the group has been acclaimed for its promotion and support of new music as well as for its outstanding performances of traditional wind repertoire. Each year, The Solar Winds presents a series of chamber and family-oriented concerts, and frequently appears as guest artists on composers’ concerts and prominent Boston-area chamber music series.

The five musicians who comprise The Solar Winds are all professionally trained instrumentalists and music educators. Their repertoire includes the most demanding compositions of the modern era as well as the classics, arrangements, and novelty pieces. Joined by narrator Victor Cockburn, Solar Winds has captivated children throughout Greater Boston with its version of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” In 2004, the group added to its repertoire “The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.”

About the Narrator

Victor Cockburn, a producer, composer, performer and teacher, has worked as an Artist-in-Education since 1972. Through his nonprofit organization Troubadour, Inc., he is dedicated to performing poetry, songs and music as a way of teaching reading, writing, listening and social skills. For his family performances, he was awarded the Boston Parents’ Paper Entertainer of the Year Award.

About the Composer

John Kusiak composes music for film, television, advertising and live performance. He has composed music for hundreds of projects, including television documentaries (American Experience, NOVA), large-screen exhibitions (Yellowstone National Park and the Smithsonian) and feature films (additional music for the 2004 Academy Award winning documentary, The Fog of War).

The Arlington resident’s other projects have included two seasons of First Person, a television series directed by Errol Morris for IFC and chosen by Time as one of the 10 best television series of 2000, the Errol Morris short film for the 2002 Academy Awards, Surviving Everest, a feature-length documentary for National Geographic, and commercials for United Airlines, Quaker Oats and H&R Block. “The Fool of the World” is his third piece for the Solar Winds Quintet.

Ticket sales benefit Friends of the Needham Public Library

Tickets may now be purchased at the circulation desk of the Needham Public Library at its temporary High Rock School location, 77 Ferndale Road, Needham, MA. They may also be purchased at the door, or by contacting Doug Olsen at (***) ***-**** or ***@****.***. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Friends of the Needham Public Library. The Friends’ support of the Library includes supplementing the town’s budget for the purchase of materials, museum passes, and the funding and planning for various programs for enrichment throughout the year. More information about the Friends is available here.

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