Family-Friendly Musical Menagerie Concert Returns for an Animal-themed Musical Adventure

Collaboration with Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra and Cape Conservatory Highlights engaging works
Cape Conservatory and Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra create "A Musical Menagerie" (Courtesy photo)

West Barnstable, MA – In a special collaboration with the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, the Cape Conservatory presents a A Musical Menagerie, a fun and engaging concert for all ages at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham on Saturday, May 18 and Falmouth Academy on Sunday, May 19. The concert is presented with generous support from the Bilizekian Foundation and the Falmouth Fund.

School aged children and their families will love the animal-themed repertoire, including the beloved symphonic fairy tale, “Peter and the Wolf.” This classic tale of bravery will be dramatically narrated by special guest, David Kuehn of Cotuit Center for the Arts.

“Sergei Prokofiev’s score will bring each animal character to life, while introducing the audience to the instruments of the orchestra. The work is equally sophisticated for adults to enjoy,” said Cape Conservatory Executive Director Stephanie Weaver.

With the heartwarming piece, “The Birds,” composer Ottorino Respighi translated birdsong into musical notation and conveyed bird behavior, such as fluttering wings, dove cooing, hens pecking, bird calls and more, all perfectly capturing the sweetness of nature.

“This piece is fun to experience through the eyes and ears of children, as they try and identify the different bird sounds within the music,” said Weaver.

As a special feature, Weaver, a concert pianist in addition to her role at the Conservatory, will perform Mozart’s delightful and imaginative Variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (“Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman”).

Led by Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra Music Director, John Yankee, this engaging, 70-minute program is an exciting opportunity for adults and children alike to experience the magic of live orchestral music in a concert setting.

After the concert, children are invited to try instruments in the “musical petting zoo,” led by orchestra musicians. With a goal of making the arts accessible to all, tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children, and may be purchased online at or by calling the Conservatory at (508) 362-2772.


Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra

John Yankee, Music Director

Stephanie Weaver, Executive Director, Cape Conservatory

David Kuehn, Narrator

Saturday, May 18 | 4:00 PM                          Sunday, May 19 | 3:00 PM

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church                 Falmouth Academy

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