Tough Turkey in the Big City:
A Thanksgiving Odyssey
Friday, Nov. 16 at • 7 PM
Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
602 NE 96 Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
Saturday, Nov. 17 at • 1:30 PM
North Dade Regional Branch Library
2455 NW 183 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
What happens when a turkey from the sticks meets a Park Avenue pigeon? With the feel of an old-time radio story, Tough Turkey in the Big City follows the comic blunders of Tom Turkey, who leaves the farm to try his luck in the big city. The story, related to the audience by a narrator, illustrates a close call with a menacing chef, a tussle at the Turkey Club, a brief romance with a pigeon, and a happy mix up at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a big-hearted story of a plucky bird on an unexpected journey. Tom is portrayed by the bass trombone. The music of the farm is a swinging barnyard counterpoint, while the music of the city recalls the smoky jazz of film noire. There’s also some fun march music at the parade, and hot Latin rhythms at the Turkey Club.
This high-energy, brassy Thanksgiving odyssey is the work of composer Bruce Adolphe and author Louise Gikow. In addition to being fun for the whole family, the kids will be introduced to the sounds of the orchestral instruments and the concepts of musical themes and motives. For Narrator, piano, clarinet, bass trombone, violin, trumpet and percussion; appropriate for ages 3 and up, duration approximately 40 minutes.