What is so special about the Philharmonic Association chamber ensembles’ upcoming performance at the Cary Arts Center on March 24th? The performance will include not only music, but also engaging narration, and creative illustrations all provided by student musicians, actors, and artists. It is a rare and special thing for three different art forms–music, acting, and visual art–to unite during a single event, but that is exactly what is going to happen during “The Triumph of Rapunzel and the Nanny Goat.” 

This program will feature a retelling of two Grimm’s Fairytales: “The Rampion Girl or the Story of Rapunzel” and “The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids” with original music by R. Michael Daugherty.  Both stories are exciting, to say the least, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The stories are full of heroes and villains and adventure. You will hear instruments and voices make some sounds you have never heard before and you will feel as though you are a part of each story.   Rehearsals have involved much laughter due to the humorous and often shocking events within the stories.

When asked during a rehearsal what they enjoyed about putting together this unique program, the narrators from the Applause Youth Theater and the five musicians in the TYP Woodwind Quintet all voiced their enjoyment of collaborating with each other.  The joy and challenge of collaboration is that everyone involved learns new skills in the process.  The narrators have learned how to recognize musical patterns and how to time their narration to fit with the music. The musicians have learned to tell a story with their instruments that matches the plot and emotions of the narration.  William Kalland, one of the student narrators, voiced his amazement at “how well we can still work together” despite the narrators knowing little about music.  That is the beauty of collaboration—people with different skills and knowledge working together to create something amazing. 

The musicians and actors have overcome the challenges and embraced the joys of collaborating and the result is incredible. “The Triumph of Rapunzel and the Nanny Goat” will be a performance that you do not want to miss.  Tickets are available through Etix for this event which will take place on March 24th at 3:00 pm at the Cary Arts Center.  An instrument zoo will be offered in the lobby at 2:15 pm where you can learn about different instruments in a hands-on way.  Do not miss out on the once-in-a-lifetime experience of witnessing narration, music, and visual art combine during a single, thrilling program.