Portsmouth, NH — Dan Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code, has a new credential on his already-singular resume: composer of the orchestral music from Wild Symphony, his new illustrated children’s book released by Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.
On Saturday, April 2, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra will perform Brown’s classical debut for the young at heart as a special benefit presented by the author himself. Proceeds from ticket sales go to The Music Hall and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, both 501(c)3 non-profit arts organizations from Brown’s hometown.
“Wild Symphony is fast becoming a new classic for families the world over, and we’re all looking forward to this special hometown premiere,” says Bob Lord, Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Music Hall, CEO of PARMA Recordings, and Music Producer of Wild
Symphony. “This is fun, exciting, beautiful music, and to hear it live in the Historic Theater with Dan himself narrating is going to be a true treat.”
A lifelong musician and composer who counts himself among those inspired at a young age by classics such as Peter and the Wolf and The Carnival of the Animals, Brown has long held music at the core of his artistic life.
Wild Symphony, Brown’s first work for orchestra, features twenty-one musical portraits drawn from the animal kingdom. From the joyous rhythms of “Bouncing Kangaroo” to the mysterious melodies of “Wondrous Whale” to the hair-raising harmonies of “Brilliant Bat,” Wild Symphony is a very wild symphony indeed.
Visit www.wildsymphony.com for more information and a sneak peek behind the scenes.
Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, Digital Fortress, and Origin with over 220 million copies in print. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. He lives in New England and is currently working on a new Robert Langdon thriller.
The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus. The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1997 to provide an ensemble for amateur musicians to play together and perform for the community. Over the years it has turned its focus outward to the Greater Seacoast community to provide a series of Main Stage concerts at the historic Music Hall and enrichment concerts for schools, Stringendo – a youth program for students, and the Up Close and Personal chamber music series. The orchestra is comprised of over 65 local professionals, educators, highly accomplished amateurs, and advanced students. In 2011 John Page became music director, opening the doors to a new level of involvement in the greater Seacoast community.