Global Music Network (www.gmn.com), the leading artist-driven Internet destination for jazz, opera and classical music and the live arts experience, will present an exclusive Webcast of the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s work Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto, commissioned and performed by the Chicago Chamber Musicians to celebrate the unveiling of The Field Museum’s new dinosaur exhibit in Chicago. The Webcast will debut on Friday, May 26, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) and will be available on demand through Friday, June 2, 2000 at 12:00 a.m. (EST). In addition to this exclusive recording, the Webcast will feature video footage of Sue, readings and other audio-visual entertainment.
On May 21, GMN.com will record the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (CST) live performances of the Chicago Chamber Musicians’ Family Dinosaur Concerts at the Field Museum, featuring the world premiere of Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto. Bruce Adolphe`s composition is a musical portrayal of the life and times of Sue, the world’s largest, most complete and best preserved T. Rex, with various instruments of the orchestra portraying dinosaur characters, imitated dinosaur sounds and a slide show for children. A dramatic narrative in seven scenes, the concerto includes spoken introductions to each of the seven short movements with poems by Kevin Crotty and illustrations by Kurt Vargo. A CD of the piece will be available for purchase in The Field Museum stores and on GMN.com, and will include an insert for children to play the “Fossil Eyes” contest, exclusively available on the GMN.com Web site.
`GMN.com gives children all over the world the opportunity to participate instantaneously and simultaneously in an event that has taken 67 million years to develop,` said Bruce Adolphe. `This is a fine example of the power of the Internet put to educational and cultural use.”
GMN.com will capture the world of dinosaurs and the imagination of children by showcasing live family entertainment and educational programs, all to be available on GMN.com.
“We are proud to be part of an event of this scale that is geared towards many different elements and audiences, including children,” said Michael Lubin, GMN.com’s Chairman and CEO. “We want music lovers, enthusiasts and novices to look, listen, learn and enjoy music, and our ability to showcase Bruce Adolphe’s work and creative interpretations makes this an opportunity to bring classical music to a larger and possibly younger audience.”
Sue was discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota on August 12, 1990 by fossil hunter, Sue Hendrickson. This late great dinosaur born 67 million years ago is the largest and most complete T. rex fossil ever found. Sue’s massive and well-preserved skeleton will be unveiled to the public at The Field Museum, Chicago on May 17, 2000.
About Bruce Adolphe
Bruce Adolphe gained a national reputation for his innovative “Meet the Music” family concerts at the Lincoln Center and for his frequent appearances on National Public Radio. Bruce Adolphe and Julian Fifer, founder of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, formed a company called PollyRhythm Productions (named after Bruce Adolphe’s pet parrot, Polly Rhythm, who sings opera and jazz) to develop music, recordings and books for children. The company has produced a CD of the celebration of Sue entitled: “Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto” and a 24 page activity book for children on the theme of dinosaurs and music, called “The Musical REXicon.” “I know that if Sue was alive, she would play the trombone,” said Adolphe.
About Global Music Network
Founded in 1998, GMN.com (www.gmn.com) is the leading Internet destination for jazz, opera and classical music and the live arts experience. By uniquely combining a marketplace and a performing arts space that offers the highest-quality music to a worldwide audience on-line, GMN.com offers visitors a complete cultural and musical experience through its proprietary “Family of Artists” (now numbering over 70). With its exclusive “premiere” and daily live Web casts, GMN.com offers opportunities to market, promote and showcase those artists. GMN.com remains an accessible living and lifestyle-driven space for music, the arts and related e-commerce using the latest communications technology, currently providing over 300,000 recordings available for preview or purchase.