Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham in Concert November 14 (please note date correction)

Written by Theresa Rose on November 4, 2015

The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra presents Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham with music by Robert Kapilow Saturday, November 14, 2015 during its annual Kidsymphony Family Concert under the direction of Robert McConnell, music director and conductor.
Composer Robert Kapilow says that while the story is about a child getting an adult to try green eggs and ham on the surface, it is really about more than food. “It’s about prejudice…and the wonderful thing about the book is that a child teaches an adult about prejudice, not the other way around.” Soprano Lara Troyer of Cleveland, Ohio will be the featured soloist.
The Kidsymphony is a fast-paced, entertaining and even raucous family concert. Executive Director Dr. Dennis Willhoit says that concert halls weren’t always places of such formality. “We have the 19th-century composer and ‘egomaniac’ Richard Wagner to thank for the darkened concert hall, where even the crinkle of paper can sometimes be viewed as a major disruption of decorum,” he says, “we leave those expectations outside the concert hall for this family concert event. We want our audience, young and old alike, to actively engage.
Performances are slated for 11:00 a.m. at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa; 2:00 p.m. at the Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium in Mt. Pleasant; and 4:30 p.m. at Capitol Theater in Burlington. The performances are 45 minutes in length and will feature other selections and instrumentation demonstration by members of the orchestra. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.
Tickets will be available at the door in each venue. Admission costs are $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. The concert is sponsored in part by Burlington Fine Arts League, William M. & Donna J. Hoaglin Foundation, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant, Wapello County Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank of Iowa N.A.
Further information about Kidsymphony can be found at www.seiso.us, by calling 319-385-6352, or writing to seiso@iw.edu.