Man dressed in bolwer hat and bow tied suit with feature duster stood next to a chalkboard on eisle that reads Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, symbol of a wolf's footprint in the middle of the board

Photo courtesy of Michael Boudewyns

Really Inventive Stuff starring Michael Boudewyns
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Mozart’s Toy Symphony
Featuring the Montpelier Wind Quintet, the faculty woodwind quintet-in-residence at JMU

Sunday, January 13 @ 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Mainstage Theatre
A Forbes Center family offering

“…a great storyteller.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Really Inventive Stuff actor Michael Boudewyns is a master of “ready-to-go theatrical presentations that keep the music in the spotlight.” He has performed with major national and international orchestras, delighting audiences of all ages with his whimsical performances. Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, the timeless musical tale of boy versus wolf, comes to life in this unique event hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “immensely likeable.” In Mozart’s Toy Symphony, Professor Tympanium von Hammer zee Trumpeterclanger, the Austrian sound scientist, travels the world with his amazing musical laboratory. Features the Montpelier Wind Quintet with Beth Chandler (flute), Michele Kirkdorffer (oboe), Janice L. Minor (clarinet), Susan N. Barber (bassoon) and Ian Zook (horn), as well as faculty guest artist Michael Overman (“toy” drum).

Beth Chandler enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She continues to be in demand as a guest artist at universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Chandler has won numerous competitions and awards, including a Fulbright Grant to study in the United Kingdom. She holds degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory and Baylor University. Currently she serves as President of the National Flute Association.

Active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and clinician, Michele Kirkdorffer has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Sarasota Music Festival, and in Lucca, Italy. She performed on numerous soundtracks for The Learning Channel and National Geographic, including on the 2004 Emmy award-winning soundtrack, Stalking Leopards, composed and produced by David Cottrell of Cottrell-Mangum Music. Kirkdorffer teaches oboe and coordinates undergraduate music admissions at James Madison University.

Montpelier Wind Quintet

Photo by Mike Miriello

Clarinetist, Janice L. Minor is an active chamber/orchestral musician performing with the Montpelier Wind Quintet, Prestige Clarinet Quartet, Cincinnati Symphony/Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony, Roanoke Symphony/Opera and on Discovery Channel/National Geographic soundtracks. Appearances as soloist/chamber musician include: the U.S. Army Europe Band, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival, Lucca Music Festival, Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival: Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Kennedy Center. A Buffet Crampon performing artist, her current CD project is recording The Recital Clarinetist.

Sue Barber (D.M.A. Louisiana State University, M.M. The Juilliard School, B.M. Crane School of Music) is Associate Professor of Bassoon at James Madison University and Artist/Faculty at the Brevard Music Festival. She is an active bassoonist in the region, performing regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke and Opera on The James. As a recitalist, chamber musician and clinician, she has presented both nationally and internationally. In the fall of 2012, she served as a visiting professor at Indiana University.

Ian Zook is an active orchestral and chamber musician, solo performerand teacher, and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Verbier and Pacific Music Festivals, and with the New York Collegium on historic instruments.

Michael Overman teaches percussion and directs the JMU Steel Bands. He holds degrees from West Virginia University, Ithaca College and Northwestern University. He has performed, taught, and given clinics and master classes in numerous U.S. states, Canada, Germany, England, Japan and Taiwan. Overman fully supports his wife’s ambition of turning all their grass into fruit and vegetable gardens, but prefers growing alfalfa sprouts in a jar on the counter - less weeding.

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Ticket prices: $16–$17. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.

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