Classic children’s book gets musical adaptation
Montreal’s Chamber Music Festival will be premiering a family-friendly adaption of Mordecai Richler’s classic 1975 children’s story Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang, the suspenseful comedy about a young boy nicknamed Jacob Two-Two who struggled to be heard and then fell into trouble with the law.
Richler’s youngest son, Jacob Richler, who was the inspiration for the main character, adapted the story for the show. Tenor and current host of CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, Ben Heppner, will narrate it in English.
The music that will accompany the words is composed by Dean Burry, artistic director of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company and will be played by the chamber’s septet that includes violin, bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussions.
The show lasts about 35 minutes and will take place Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. at McGill University’s Pollack Hall located at 555 Sherbrooke St. W. To purchase tickets, visit placedesarts.com/shows.
This festival has been promoting classical and jazz music for 20 years and this year, concerts will take place from June 6 to 21 at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall, McGill University’s Pollack Hall and Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson Hall.
For more information about the festival, call 514-489-7444 or visit festivalmontreal.org.