Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony

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The Trumpet of the Swan:
A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra

Most recently produced in March 2011

at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra

starring John Lithgow, with Chris Venditti as trumpet soloist.

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Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen,


Originally produced as a Kennedy Center Commission and
the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence
December 4th 2009

The Trumpet of the Swan: A Novel Symphony

Based on the book by E.B. White
Adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman
Music by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Gary Griffin

With Academy Award winner Kathy Bates, Zayd Dohrn, Edward Gero, Lauren Kennedy, Peggity Price, Richard Thomas, Christopher Venditti, and Fred Willard

E. B. White's timeless children’s novel is now a classic new work for a symphony orchestra, a genius young trumpet player, and six inspired actors.  Adapted by Marsha Norman, with symphonic score by Jason Robert Brown (ParadeThe Last Five Years, Songs for a New World.  At its world premiere performance in November of 2009, the headline of the Washington Post said “Sublime Symphonic Swan Answers the Call of the Bequiled,” and described the piece as a “lushly scored work” that will “send you home with a helpless, contented smile on your face.” 

Children and adults alike will delight in this story of Louis, the young swan who was born without a voice, but who, with the help of his courageous Father, and a loyal boy named Sam, overcomes his adversities, learns to write and play the trumpet and finds fame, fortune and true love in the big world. 

The newly released recording, conducted and produced by the composer, features an all star cast including includes John Lithgow (The Sweet Smell of Success, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Third Rock from the Sun),
Kathy Bates (Misery, TV’s Harry’s Law), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, TV’s Modern Family), superstar recording artist Mandy Moore, James Naughton (City Of Angels, Chicago) and Martin Short (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me)

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Chicago Stage Style
Review by Joe Stead

Strike Up the Band & Trumpet of the Swan on CD
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