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96 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 Symphony Prodigies program shows vibrancy, breadth By Dennis Forney CaPe Gazette staff The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, in its recent Wonder of. Prodigies series played in Easton, Md., Ocean View and Ocean Pines, Md., once again showed the vibrancy and creativity of its Dennis Forney photo Thomas Reeves, left, at age 13, already has more than 20 opus-numbered works to his credit as a child prodigy composer. His brother Morris, 11, wrote the poems that formed the libretto for Thomas's Hexapodia suite. Following the concert, the boys received an appropri- ate game as a gift commemo- rating the world premiere performance of the composi- tion. programs and its value as a major cultural asset to the region. Though the spotlight was on the imaginative Hexapodia suite by New York City child prodigy composer Thomas Reeves and his poet brother Morris Reeves, the vitality of youth sparkled through- out the program with the involve- ment of the Peabody Institute's Violin Choir and Children's Chorus. The young violins and voices, married to the chamber-sized symphony assembled for the pro- gram, brought crowds to their feet more than once for their perform- ance of pieces by prodigy com- posers of other eras including Bach, Saint-Saens and Faur6. The Violin Choir split itself into two groups to Perform Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. They spellbound the audiences as they played as if with one voice. The energetic interplay between the two groups, backed by the bright symphonic work of the orchestra, brought the familiar Bach melodies'to life with an effect so captivatingly joyful, no one in the crowds wanted the music to end. The innocence of the young performers, coupled with their technical mastery, proved a magi- cai combination. The violins and symphony con- tinued their mesmerizing work in their performance of The Swan from Saint-Saens' Camivai of the Animals and there was no let- down when the Children's Chorus marched onto the stage to perform Bach and Faur cantatas with the symphony ensemble. The world premiere of the six- movement Hexapodia suite by 13- year-old Thomas Reeves consti- tuted the second half of the pro- gram. As the title of the piece indi- cams, the work focuses on six dif- ferent insect scenarios including ants, butterflies, beetles, honey- bees, crickets, praying mantises and dragonflies. The orchestra performed Reeves' intricate, dynamic and evocative score while the youth chorus sang the accompanying poems written by l 1-year-old Ad Hoc Touring Company to perform at Lewes library The Ad Hoc Touring Company will present both a radio adapta- tion of the romantic 1944 mystery film noir "Laura," and a classic old radio show, "The Bickersons," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the Lewes Public Library. These re-creations will be per- formed by actors from the Ad Hoc Touring Company of the Possum Point Players, including many Cape Region residents as perform- ers. The 1944 movie "Laura," origi- nally directed by Otto Preminger and nominat&l for four Oscars, is the story of two men in love with the same woman - Laura. One of those men is a police detective investigating her mur- der. The other is an acerbic New York newspaper columnist, Laura's erstwhile mentor, who used his fame to advance her career. The dream-like quality of the plot moves this story beyond the average murder mystery. 'l'he Bickersons" is situation comedy at its best, featuring witty and caustic exchanges between a happily married couple whose form of intimate communication is "attack and banter." This program is free and open to DAH,U g-g HAPPU HOUR q.,-6 SuM)au I/2 PRRE ENU'*S AND 16 OZ. MAR6ARITAS $3 6RAND OPENlllm PARTU APRIL 19TII NOON - q P.NI. 33q0 TeNLeU COUP, Lewes 302-6qq-TAlfl To subscribe call 645-7700 the public. Call the library at 645- 4633 or visit for more information. Morris Reeves and also scored by Thomas. Listening to the music and reading the words of the poems, it was impossible not to visualize the strikingly varied insect characters. The piece consumed the better part of an hour; but, as with all finely crafted music, the time dis- solved into enjoyment. At its con- clusion, the audiences again rose to their feet to honor the musi- cians - under the baton of Music Director Julien Benichou - as well as the young composer and author on hand for the premier. The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2007- 08 season April 24 through 27 with a program of Chopin, Mozart and Schumann at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, the Community Church in Ocean Pines and at Mariner's Bethel Church in Ocean View. For tickets, call 1-888-846- 8600 or learn more at www.midat- hement00 food that won't on Your wallet[ www00 !o o lunca00 & dinner everYdaY[ Saturday, April 19 featuring ii