Festival Park reopens to the Sounds of Chamber Music

Posted By on February 18, 2012

Roanoke Island Festival Park re-opens for the 2012 season on March 1, and the first musical event of the year at the popular venue will be an evening of Chamber Music featuring students from Western Carolina University’s School of Music.

Works to be performed include Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23” arranged for Wind Quintet and Piano. Also, Jean de Brunhoff’s tale of Babar the Elephant set for narrator and piano by Francis Poulenc, complete with pictures to illustrate the story.


 The WCU Chamber Music concert is scheduled for Friday, March 9th at 7pm and again on Saturday, March 10th at 2pm in the indoor theatre at Festival Park.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, and they may be purchased in advance at the park Visitors Center or on the night of the event.

WCU’s music students will also present Brunhoff’s tale of Babar the Elephant in a special Children’s Show on Saturday, March 10th at 10:30am, when there will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo,”  as children are invited to come to the stage and “meet” the instruments up close and maybe even try to play one. Tickets to the children’s show are $5 for adults and ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under.

Babar the Elephant

Babar the Elephant

Babar the Elephant is a French children’s fictional character who first appeared in Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 and enjoyed immediate success. An English language version, entitled The Story of Babar, appeared in 1933 in Britain and also in the United States. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff’s wife, Cecile, had invented for their children. It tells of a young elephant called Babar who leaves the jungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants. After the death of his father, he becomes king of the elephant kingdom and goes on to teach his own children the valuable lessons he has learned.

For more information, call (252) 475-1500 or visit www.RoanokeIsland.com.

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