The Englert Theatre is excited to present free, family-friendly performances of The Perfect Pig on Saturday, June 2nd during the Iowa Arts Festival. The thirty-minute concerts, performed by the Iowa City Community String Orchestra under the direction of conductor Carey Bostian, will be held at 10am, 11am, and 12pm.
The special event will combine words, music, and art in a fun, accessible way. Composer Philip Wharton has once again teamed up with author Janet Burroway in presenting the new children’s book The Perfect Pig. The pages of the book will be projected onto the Englert’s screen as the orchestra plays and the author reads the book’s text. In addition, Wharton has orchestrated Heinrich Biber’s violin composition Sonata Representativa, which will be combined with verses created by Burroway for the performance. Penn Elementary students’ artwork, inspired by the words and music, will be projected behind the orchestra during each performance.
In conjunction with the Iowa Arts Festival, the Englert is also providing children and families the opportunity to meet an exciting group of authors and illustrators at the Artist Booth located directly in front of the theater. Local comic book artist Josh Carroll will discuss the making of comic books and comic strips, while illustrator Katie Castronovo will share her book Am I An Insect?, from the Budding Biologist children's book series. Additionally, Janet Burroway, author of The Perfect Pig and over 10 other works, will be on hand to meet young fans and autograph copies of her delightful new book. All authors will have free children’s activities available, as well as copies of their books for purchase in the Englert lobby.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit www.englert.org.
Meet the Artist Schedule:
Saturday, June 2nd:
10am — 1pm: Janet Burroway
1pm — 4pm: Katie Castronovo
4pm — 7pm: Josh Carroll
Sunday, June 3rd:
10am — 1:30pm: Josh Carroll
1:30pm — 4pm: Katy Castronovo