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Symphony Street Live! coming to Sioux City in February

Tuesday, January 16, 2001

The third and final concert in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 2000-2001 Classical Kids series will take place on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium in Sioux City.

It will feature the SCSO's Chamber Orchestra in two works created especially for kids: The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Symphony Street.

Composed in 1991, Symphony Street, by David Rimelis, goes beyond the typical "this is a violin" introduction to the orchestra to create a fable about multiculturalism. Rimelis assigns each instrument a character in his original story about the diverse families on Symphony Street and how they learn to work together to solve a common problem.

In the process, they also learn that, even though each family is very different, they can make beautiful music together. Rimelis' highly tonal and often jazzy music provides the perfect illustrations to his story.

Luigi Zaninelli chose a more modern musical idiom for Beatrix Potter's classic tale of Peter Rabbit's escapes in Mr. McGreggor's garden. Music and narration unite to convey the story and the rabbit's antics. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was originally composed for a puppet theater performance in New Orleans.

Both works will feature a local narrator. The concert will last approximately one hour. After the concert, kids will have the opportunity to talk to the musicians and try some instruments.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. All seats are general admission. They can be reserved in advance by calling the Symphony office at 712-277-2111 or purchased at the door.