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November 4, 2013

Classical Cartoon Festival Celebrates 15 years in Boston Saturday, November 9 at Symphony Hall

Live performances on three stages, instrument “petting zoo,” Warner Bros cartoons, Arthur, Curious George and other PBS favorite characters, and more
 
BOSTON, Mass. (November 4, 2013) On April, 3, 1999, WCRB and the Wang Theatre started a new tradition that introduced children to classical music through the appeal of Warner Bros. cartoons. On Saturday, November 9, Boston will celebrate the 15th annual Classical New England Cartoon Festival—now at Symphony Hall—presented by 99.5 WCRB, a listener-supported service of WGBH. Since purchasing the commercial classical station, WGBH has proudly continued a tradition that nurtures a new generation of classical music fans.
 
The November 9 program includes a day of fun activities and musical entertainment designed to educate and expose children – and their parents – to classical music from the Rivers Youth Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Boston String Quartet the Boston Conservatory Children’s Opera and more. A number of beloved PBS children’s characters, including Arthur, Buddy the Dinosaur, Cat in the Hat and Curious George, will be a part of the celebration. Wally the Green Monster and the Boston Bruins’ Slide also are scheduled to drop by the celebration.
 
“We are delighted to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of this family-friendly and educational event,” said WCRB Classical New England Managing Director Benjamin Roe. “Each year, thousands of families fill Symphony Hall to explore and experience classical music up close. This festival underscores WCRB’s continued commitment to introducing classical music to a new generation and WGBH’s overall dedication to preserving the arts.”
 
The 15th Annual Classical New England Cartoon Festival is sponsored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and Olivia’s Organic, in partnership with the Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Harmonix, and The Johnson String Quartet.
 
WHAT:        15th Annual Classical New England Cartoon Festival – a day of family-friendly fun at Boston’s Symphony Hall
 
WHO:           Live performances by:
·  Rivers Youth Symphony Orchestra
·  New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra
·  From the Top
·  Marimba Magic
·  Wheelock Family Theatre: “The Hobbit”
·  Nancy Hair and The Little Cellists
·  Boston String Quartet
·  Boston Conservatory Children’s Opera: “Mooch the Messy”
·  Rhode Island Philharmonic Music
·  Project STEP
·  Harps Uncovered
·  South Shore Conservatory
·  Handel & Haydn Vocal Quartet
 
WalkaboutPBS costumed characters: Arthur, Buddy the Dinosaur, Cat in the Hat, Clifford, Curious George, and Word Girl. Plus Wally the Green Monster and Slide (Bruins’ mascot)
 
99.5 WCRB Classical New England hosts: Ray Brown, Laura Carlo, Cathy Fuller, James David Jacobs, Alan McLellan
 
WHEN:          Saturday, November 9, 10am-4pm
 
WHERE:       Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave Boston, Mass. 02115
 
Tickets available at wgbh.org/cartoonfest:
$35/family four-pack
$10/tickets ($15 each at the BSO box office)
Children under 2 are free
 
PRESS PASS: All media planning to cover the festival must email Regina Daley by end of business Friday, November 8.
 
VOLUNTEER: WGBH is recruiting volunteers to assist in a variety of ways. For more information or to volunteer, contact WGBH Volunteer Manager Jaime Reese.
 
MORE INFO: The 15th Annual Classical New England Cartoon Festival is sponsored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and Olivia’s Organic, in partnership with the Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Harmonix, and The Johnson String Quartet.
 
PHOTO (attached): An instrument petting zoo, sponsored by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Johnson Strings, one of the activities kids of all ages can enjoy at the 15th Annual Classical New England Cartoon Festival on Saturday, November 9 at Symphony Hall presented by 99.5 WCRB, a listener-supported service of WGBH.
 
PHOTO CREDIT:WGBH/Lisa Abitbol
 
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.
 

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