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The Philadelphia Orchestra And Janni Younge Productions Presents The Firebird At SPAC

  The puppeteers that brought the world the unforgettable Broadway Musical War Horse will once again amaze audiences as they bring to life the timeless Russian fairytale ballet "The Firebird."

SPAC, along with the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Ravinia Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl — has commissioned the South Africa-based puppet company Janni Younge Productions to create a live puppet performance set to Igor Stravinsky’s 1910 masterpiece.

Younge is a multi-award winning puppet creator, designer, and director, best known for productions of Broadway’s War Horse, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest, and the Bristol Old Vic’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

"The Firebird" was originally written as a story ballet, depicting the tale of a magical bird that saves a prince from an immortal magician and ultimately unites the prince with his true love. At SPAC, "The Firebird" puppet performance will feature original choreography in a contemporary African style by Jay Pather, one of South Africa’s leading contemporary choreographers.

The concerts will be led by Cristian Macelaru, conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.
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