BILLY AND THE CARNIVAL is designed to introduce young listeners to the
instruments of the orchestra through a children's story.
BILLY AND THE CARNIVAL is the
story of a boy who goes to his local park and starts to meet grownups carrying
instruments and wearing fancy clothes. One by one they introduce themselves and
their instruments with solos announcing each instrument by name. Billy takes a
nap from the excitement and has a dream that a carnival is coming to his park;
when he wakes up, his dream comes true and the orchestra plays a concert at the
An illustrated story book, and an activity/coloring book are published,
and for large orders a special edition can be printed with the name of your
orchestra (and your sponsors). The Colorado Symphony has given out thousands
of coloring books as part of their Education programs!
BILLY AND THE CARNIVAL was
commissioned by the Sacramento Symphony for 26 concerts; subsequent performances
have included the Pittsburgh Symphony and orchestras in Spain.