Moozie’s Kindness Symphonies
In celebration of the Children's Kindness Network's tenth anniversary, two Moozie Kindness symphony pieces were commissioned.
Children's Kindness Network commissioned nationally known composer Kim Scharnberg to compose two orchestra pieces featuring Moozie the Cow — Moozie's Kind Adventure and Moozie's Orchestra Adventure.
In case you are not completely sure who Moozie is, she is a a kind, gentle cow who is the ambassador of kindness. She is a lovable children's icon that delivers a core message of Always Be Kind.
Listen to an excerpt right here below:
Past Performances. (2008-2012)
Atlanta Symphony 2011-2012 season - played 12 times
Arizona State University Orchestra. Tempe, AZ
Nashville Symphony. Nashville, TN
National Repertory Orchestra. Breckenridge, CO
Spartanburg Orchestra. Spartanburg, SC
Dr. Timothy Russell conducting.
The two newly commisioned pieces being performed by 104 piece Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Timothy Russell conducting. Over 900 children learned about the orchestra instruments along with an engaging journey of kindness with Moozie and Tiny Tinny Triangle.
For Symphonies: Full orchestra scores and a demo CD for these two pieces is now available upon request. They've also been reorchestrated for chamber orchestra. CD/download with celebrity voices will be available Fall 2009. Order score and demo CD now.
Moozie's Kind Adventure
This symphony piece is based on the narrative of the acclaimed children's book, Moozie's Kind Adventure, written by Jane Morton and illustrated by Jane Royse. The book theme is how Moozie the Cow saves three baby ducklings from a herd of thirsty cows. The story illustrates how one cow's act of kindness, just like one person's act of kindness, can truly make a difference.
Length: 5 minutes
Narrated by Larry Gatlin
Moozie's Orchestra Adventure
Tiny Tinny Triangle (TT), the newest and smallest member of the orchestra, is befriended by Moozie the Cow as TT arrives for his first rehearsal. TT is scared because he has not met the members of the orchestra and doesn't know the sound he will make when he plays with the big orchestra.
Moozie leads TT on the quest to find his sound by visiting the different orchestra sections and introducing TT to individual instruments. Some instruments are kind to TT; some are not so kind. The instruments in each orchestra section have featured solos and the children hear and learn about them. Diversity is explored as each section performs a different style of music which initially appears to be impossible to blend or work together. The strings perform a country hoe-down, the woodwinds perform short and fast notes, the brass perform a Copland-style fanfare and the percussion perform a rhythmic Samba street dance.
At the end TT, finds his "sound" and supplies the perfect crowning note to the entire orchestra's presentation as each section's unique musical style is brilliantly blended together as the entire orchestra plays this beautiful, high energy, foot-taping score that climaxes with one note "Tiny Tinny Triangle" solo.
Length: 15 minutes
Children's Kindness Network has assembled a cast of 17 unique speaking voices from the music, entertainment and sports worlds.
Featuring: (in order of appearance)
Narrator: Larry Gatlin
Moozie: Jessye Norman
TT Triangle: Trent Kowalik
Loretta Violin: Wynonna Judd
Baxter Bass: Dave Brubeck
Charley Cello: Ronan Tynan
Viola Viola: Anne Garrels
Reeda Clarinet: Kathie Lee Gifford
Billie Jo Piccolo: Kaitlyn Lusk
Olivia Oboe: Linda Eder
Hobson Bassoon: Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach)
Max Tuba: Harvey Fierstein
Donald Trumpet: Chris Botti
Ramon Trombone: Earl Klugh
Ava Horn: Sutton Foster
Jack Timpani: Ben Vereen
Cadence Snare-Drum: Richard Thomas
Chris Botti (the voice of Donald Trumpet) and composer Kim Scharnberg.
Trent Kowalik (the voice of Tiny Tinny Triangle) with composer Kim Scharnberg. Trent Kowalik (Broadway's Billy Elliot star) received the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
Exceptional Creative Team
Kim Scharnberg, Composer/Co-Producer
Kim Scharnberg has composed, arranged and orchestrated for a wide variety of artists, symphony orchestras and musicals. He has written for the Boston Pops, the Atlanta Symphony and many more. He is a Grammy nominated producer for the Jekyll and Hyde cast album and has produced dozens of other CDs for major and independent labels. He has written for film and television including doing orchestrations for the Oscar nominated score for A River Runs Through It. His broadway orchestrations include Little Women (Drama Desk nomination), Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War.
Much more at www.kimscharnberg.com.
Interview by Linda Eder / The Voice. Read Interview.
Tom Easton, Story Writer
Tom is a certified instructional designer and author of numerous articles and papers on accelerated learning. One of his screenplays received an international Telly award.
Timothy Russell, Conductor/Co-Producer
Timothy Russel has been the conductor/producer of twenty-seven CDs and has received two Grammy nominations including one for The Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba. All of his recordings have been enthusiastically received by listeners and critics alike, as has his vital and imaginative orchestral leadership. He is in his 15th year as a professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Arizona State University. He is a frequent guest conductor with the Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona. More at www.promusicacolumbus.org.
Clark Rigsby, Recording Engineer
Emmy award winning engineer Clarke Rigsby combines his technical savvy and musical talent with his engineering and production experience giving his clients the appropriate combination for producing high quality projects. Clarke has worked with projects for HBO, CBS and NBC and received a BMI award for his work on Burt Reynolds' series Evening Shade.
Joel Moss, Editing and Mix Engineer
Joel continues his prestigious career as a recording engineer, sound mixer, music recording and mixer and has been a participant and innovator in 82 movie soundtrack; receiving three Academy Award nominations and one Academy Award. Album projects have earned thirty Grammy nominations and received thirteen Grammy awards, including album of the year. (Godfather III, Sister Act, Chicago, Footloose, Sleepless in Seattle, Muppets Christmas Carol, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles).
Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra, Recording Orchestra
This 104 piece symphony orchestra donated their time and talents and were recorded at Gammage Hall, Tempe AZ.