Giveaway: NYC Opera Family Matinee Concert of “Where the Wild Things Are” (yes, Maurice Sendak!)

NYC Opera Where the Wild Things AreI’m a big fan of the opera, and I’m always excited to hear about new ways to introduce it to my young children.  This is one of those exciting concerts coming up for so many reasons: it’s made for children, so it’s not long, and it’s based on the beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, a story they know and love. Composed by Oliver Knussen to a libretto by Sendak himself, this innovative work tells the tale of a little boy with a wild imagination.  Visual imagery for the family concert has been designed by New York City Opera’s Opera is Elementary program, and the Rush Kids/Teens from Danny and Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Where the Wild Things Are will be a concert version of the opera featuring the New York City Opera Orchestra. City Opera is proud to affirm its mission of nurturing young American singers by presenting the Vocal Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center in this performance, conducted by Julian Kuerti in his City Opera debut. The cast includes: Danya Katok (Max)*, Leslie Davis (Mama/Tzippy)*, Andrew Sauvageau (Wild Thing with Horns)*, David Salsbery Fry (Bull Wild Thing), Adam Cannedy (Rooster Wild Thing)*, and Lawrence Jones (Wild Thing with Beard/Goat Wild Thing)*, directed by Seán Curran.

The family program is the highlight of the company’s Opera is Elementary program.  Opera is Elementary introduces approximately 5,000 New York City public school children to the world of opera through the study of an age-appropriate work each year.  This year, artists collaborated with New York City school teachers on Where the Wild Things Are to demonstrate the basics of music and drama, and encourage students to create their own interpretations of the story through a visual arts project.  Children participating in the Opera is Elementary program are all invited to attend a special performance of the opera for students earlier in the week. In addition, City Opera has teamed up with media and fashion mogul Russell Simmons, and NYSCA Council Chair Danny Simmons and their Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation to expand the visual arts project to Rush Kids/Teens.

The artwork created for the performance by children from City Opera’s education programs will be projected behind the singers as a backdrop for the concert on Saturday, April 9.  The artwork will also be on display on the promenade level of the David H. Koch Theater.  The performance will begin with a behind-the-scenes video of the creation of the artwork, which will include interviews with the students, singers and teaching artists, as well as creative team members. This concert will be performed in English with English supertitles and run one-hour with no intermission.

The matinee performance on Saturday, April 9 will be followed by a Family Benefit. All proceeds from the benefit will go to support City Opera’s acclaimed education programs in New York City public schools and its mission to bring music into the lives of thousands of students each year. For tickets and more information on the benefit please contact the New York City Opera Special Events department at 212.870.5595.

Tickets for the April 9 matinee performance of Where the Wild Things Are: $5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50. Tickets can be purchased by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, online at nycOpera.com, or in person at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office ( 63rd St. & Columbus Ave). Recommended for Ages 5 and up.

You can win a pair of tickets to see Where the Wild Things Are today on The Culture Mom!

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below and join The Culture Mom Facebook page (or let me know you are already a member)!
Winners will be chosen on Friday, April 1st at 9am.  You will have 24 hours to confirm your win.
I’d love if you could take a picture at the show and let me know how you and your child enjoyed it, so I can post it here on The Culture Mom.  Good luck!
Disclosure: These New York City Opera tickets were provided to me, free of charge, with no requirement or agreement of review requested in turn.

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  1. I’m a huge fan on FB and twitter. Its my birthday and this would be the perfect way to celebrate with my daughter!

  2. Grace Choi says:

    Saw the opera prop and design at Jewish Museum back when they were having a Maurice Sendak exhibit. Would live to see the show.

  3. I joined the FB page 🙂 Thank you for all the fun!

  4. I have always loved “Where The Wild Things Are” and I have passed that love to my daughter…she loves the book and I know she would love it live!
    Good Luck, everyone! 🙂

  5. I would love to take my daughter to this show!! I’m a fan on Facebook, as you know. (wow, that rhymed- do I get a bonus entry?)

  6. wow, this sounds great – never even thought of taking my kids to the opera, which is funny b/c they have been to just about every other ilk of cultural performance!

  7. Justine Ickes says:

    Just “liked” your FB page – not sure if that means I joined it or not.

  8. Justine Ickes says:

    Where The Wild Things Are was one of my favorite books as a child. Here’s hoping I winit the tix to the opera version.

  9. La Mere Joie says:

    We love Where the Wild Things Are and I love going to the opera. What a wonderful way to introduce the kids to going to the opera! (We started with the Ballet last year and now they are fans!)

    Such a great giveaway!

  10. Helene Weinberger says:

    My daughter loved Amahl and the Night Visitor when we saw it this winter at Lincoln center and I would love to continue the introduction to opera.

  11. TsMommy says:

    This sounds like a great intro to opera for kids! Looking forward to getting my tickets!

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