March Break Matinees: “Stories and Music”

19 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Concert Announcement, News, Special Event

For immediate release:

March 10, 2015

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Tori Owen, General Manager: 705-742-1992

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Peterborough, ON – On Saturday, March 21st share the magic of stories through music with your little ones as we tell the tale of Babar the little Elephant and more! With two family-friendly show times, our “Music and Stories” Family Matinee is a treat for the young and young at heart. Celebrity Guest Narrator Melody Thomas rejoins the Peterborough Symphony on stage at Market Hall theatre.

Families looking for fun and unique experiences for March break even have a choice of 2pm or 3:30pm to suit their schedules. At only $10 for kids, parents won’t get a better chance to bring the magic of a live orchestra experience!

“We’re very excited to be a part of this wonderful opportunity for children and families to play, learn and grow through music!“ says Mary-Ann Meagher who is Team leader with Peterborough Family Resources Centre. PFRC joins the event as a partner, and Centre volunteers will be hosting some crafts with kids before the show, including Babar crowns that they can home.

“One of the great things about an orchestra is the way that it can use the colours of the instruments to illustrate a story,” says Music Director Michael Newnham.

“In this special Family concert, the PSO will be ‘telling the story’ of William Tell, Don Quixote and Babar the Elephant, all with the exquisite narration of Peterborough’s own Melody Thomas. Great for all ages! “

Headlining this “Music and Stories” themed pair of concerts is the timeless story of little Babar the Elephant, which has enjoyed decades of attention by young children. For the first time, Peterborough will enjoy this classic tale couched in the language of music by the French composer Francis Poulenc, with narration by Melody Thomas.

“The four young soloists were stellar, but no star shone so bright as Melody Thomas. Her soprano role was played stunningly and transformatively.”

    -Peterborough Examiner, Dec. 2013, Handel’s Messiah


Guest Narrator, Melody Thomas

Soprano Melody Thomas is currently in her hometown of Peterborough, where she teaches voice lessons at Lakefield College School and also maintains a full studio of private students. In her 2014-2015 conducting and arts administration apprenticeship with the Peterborough Singers, Melody successfully managed the Singers’ first “Un-concert” from conception to performance, a variety night fundraiser featuring talents from within the choir. Melody is now working with Norman Reintamm and Choirs Ontario as the event coordinator for the Estonian National Male Choir’s tour stop in Peterborough. Melody also uses her voice to increase awareness of youth mental health issues, having served as a spokesperson for Student Health 101 and Laurier’s Mental Health First Aid campaign, as well as being the 2013 campaign ambassador for the United Way of Peterborough.

Melody received her Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under the tutelage of mezzo-soprano Jo-Anne Bentley. After singing the role of Nora from Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea with the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and having her performance praised by Opera Canada magazine, she then completed her Opera Diploma at Wilfrid Laurier University. With Opera Laurier, she successfully performed the role of Susanna from The Marriage of Figaro as well as the excerpted roles of Despina from Così fan tutte, Gretel from Hänsel und Gretel, and Laoula from Chabrier’s L’étoile. Upon graduating from Laurier, Melody began to explore early music by attending the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Advanced Summer Vocal Academy twice, first focusing on Baroque chamber music and then on oratorio.

As a winner of the inaugural Spotlight on Our Youth scholarship competition, Melody performed with the Grand River Chorus in the fall of 2013. That winter, she performed her first solo Messiah with the Peterborough Singers, as well as a concert of opera excerpts with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra alongside mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah.

For tickets visit or call Market Hall theatre’s box office at (705) 749-1146 or buy tickets online at tickets.MarketHall.org.



Event: “Music and Stories” Family Matinees

DATE: 2pm and 3:30PM Saturday, March 21st

Location: Market Hall theatre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough)

Box office: (705) 749-1146 or online at: www.markethall.org

Tickets: $30 for adults, $10 for youth

Buy Tickets now at Market Hall theatre: (705) 749-1146 or online at http://tickets.markethall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=81


The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra Music Director Michael Newnham celebrates his 14th season with the orchestra. Maestro Newnham begins each concert evening at 7:10pm with fascinating and engaging pre-concert chat, which can include guest appearances and multi media presentations.



The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra is celebrating over 47 years as a cultural cornerstone of our community, and has developed a reputation as being one of the best community orchestras in Canada.

Learn more at www.thepso.org or by calling (705)742-1992.


The Peterborough Symphony is generously supported by:


Glen Colbourne Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation

City of Peterborough

Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation

The Pilkington-Henniger Charitable Trust

The Dawe Family Foundation

The Barns Donation Fund

The Peterborough Foundation

Glen Colbourne Fund/Toronto Community Foundation

The Ontario Arts Council

The Peterborough Examiner

The New Classical 103.1



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