E.B. White’s classic novel is now a brilliant symphonic concert experience for the whole family. THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, like all of White’s novels, concerns a youngster who must overcome a problem. In Louis’s case, he is a trumpeter swan born without a voice; he cannot make the magnificent “ko-hoh” that all trumpeter swans use to find mates, ward off foxes and rule the lake. On an epic journey of challenge and discovery, Louis finds the gift of music through his father’s heartbreaking and heroic love. Louis vows to pay back a debt his father incurred to get Louis a trumpet, an instrument that gave his son a voice, a purpose and eventually, the love of his life.
The collaboration between the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and the Alabama Symphony is the first of what will undoubtedly be many such partnerships in communities around the world as this new “Novel Symphony” is discovered. The lushly orchestrated piece by Jason Robert Brown, with a libretto by Marsha Norman, adapted from E.B. White’s novel, was originally commissioned by The Kennedy Center and has had two triumphant engagements there, most recently in 2011, starring John Lithgow.
PS Classics label released the recording of THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN in 2011, to rave reviews, with a stellar cast, including Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mandy Moore, James Naughton, Martin Short and featuring Christopher Michael Venditti on trumpet.
To read more about this production collaboration, click here to read the season announcement article on www.AL.com.
To find out about producing YOUR production of THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, click here to visit the show’s homepage at www.theatricalrights.com.