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Scheherazade Comes to Ogden

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Parents!  Take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children of all ages to the Utah Symphony and the magic of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.  On Thursday, April 12 at 7:00pm at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association (OSBA) is bringing the Utah Symphony to the area to perform Scheherazade, a family show for children of all ages.  

“Our family series is built for kids,” Abby Payne-Peterson, Box Office and Marketing Manager for the OSBA explains.  “Our show will be just under an hour.  It is a safe, entertaining way for kids to enjoy and learn about the symphony.”

Scheherazade, the symphonic suite, was written by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888, and it is based on the Middle Eastern collection of folk tales known as One Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights.  

The Utah Symphony will be joined by the Enchantment Theater Company to tell the story of the Arabian bride, Scheherazade, who bests the Sultan by telling him 1,001 stories over 1,000 nights to preserve her life.  Many favorite stories such as Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor are a part of her tales.  

“Join Scheherazade, our storyteller heroine, and sail on Sinbad’s ship to exotic lands,” the OSBA’s website invites. “Battle a giant dragon with the Kalandar Prince; discover Aladdin’s lamp and the surprises hidden inside. Enjoy stunning costumes, spellbinding magic and spectacular puppets all set to the evocative music of Rimsky-Korsakov performed by the Utah Symphony.”

This amazing event is brought to Ogden by the Ogden Symphony Ballet.  The Ogden Symphony Ballet Association “is a community arts non-profit dedicated to promoting classical music and dance in the Greater Ogden area.”  They “believe the arts have the power to inspire and uplift, and they “are firmly committed to providing everyone in our community with greater access to the arts.” 

For over sixty-five years, the OSBA, an organization that began with a group of women who wanted to bring the Utah Symphony closer to home, has been “presenting world-class classical music programs in Ogden” and in 1982, they added dance to their line-up.  Grants and donations make it possible for the OSBA to provide these artistic delights right in our backyard at very affordable prices.  Tickets for Scheherazade are at just $5 for kids and $10 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.symphonyballet.org or by calling 801.399.9214.  They may also be purchased at the box office of at Peery’s Egyptian Theater one hour before the performance.

If your family enjoys Scheherazade and her introduction to Aladdin, consider returning for the OSBA’s presentation of Ballet West II’s Aladdin on May 5, 2018 at 2pm.  The website invites all interested parties to “Follow a poor youth and an entire cast of colorful and magical characters as Aladdin strives to win the love of his beautiful princess and spoil the plans of the wicked magician. This performance is sure to be a magical carpet ride full of romance, comedy and adventures.”

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