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Ithaca Children's Choir Brings Youthful Lessons To Ithaca College's 'The Little Prince'

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College Theatre and the Ithaca College School of Music will work in collaboration with the renowned Ithaca Children’s Choir to present the opera “The Little Prince” with performances beginning Feb. 24. The music of this contemporary opera was written by Academy Award winner Rachel Portman and the libretto by Nicholas Wright. Conducted by Brian DeMaris and directed by David Lefkowich, “The Little Prince” is sung in English.

Based on the beloved book by Antoine de Saint Exupery, the opera “The Little Prince” tells the story of a young boy from a distant planet who teaches an adult about holding onto what is important in life. Members of the adult cast of the opera say they are fortunate to receive similar lessons from 17 of their fellow cast members who are the talented children of the Ithaca Children’s Choir. Janet Galvan, a professor of music at Ithaca College, is the artistic director of the Ithaca Children’s Choir. For a sneak preview of the children in rehearsal, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJNL8hlCUkM.

Ticket prices for “The Little Prince” range from $4.50 to $10 and can be purchased in person at the Ithaca College box office in Dillingham Center or by calling the box office at (607) 274-3224. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticket Center Ithaca by calling (607) 273-4497 or online at www.ithacaevents.com. Group discounts are available. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 26 and March 2, 4, and 6, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Since December, the members of the Ithaca Children’s Choir, who attend elementary school, middle school or high school, have added 12 hours of opera rehearsal to their weekly schedules. Despite this challenging schedule, the children enter the rehearsal studio with “great attitudes and moxie” and operate at a high level of professionalism. Recalling the first rehearsal the children’s choir had with the cast of IC students, Galvan said, “The adult cast was left in awe of their sound and how professional the children’s group is.” The two groups have encouraged one another, bringing out the best in their performances. The children have been able to bring the youthfulness out in the young adults and restore the creativity and quickness some of the adult performers have grown away from. The children are ecstatic to have the opportunity to collaborate with such talented performers, designers and directors. They do not take their opportunity for granted. One child reported on her experience, “What are the odds that a kid like me could be in an opera? It’s like one in a million.”

The Ithaca Children’s Choir, an ensemble of the Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, is open to young people with a desire to sing. The group has grown from a group of approximately 10 children to a full youth choral program for young singers from beginning to advanced skill and singers with changing or changed voices. Hailed as innovative in its programming, the Ithaca Children’s Choir performs classical repertoire, folk music, multicultural music from many different countries and newly composed compositions. Doreen Rao, internationally renowned conductor, called the Ithaca Children’s Choir “a light in the world of children’s choirs.”

For more information, contact Susie Monagan in the theater department at (607) 274-3915 or smonagan@ithaca.edu.




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