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Culture Project and Nancy Harrow Present A Jazz-Opera For Children and Adults
(Published: May 22, 2009)

Culture Project and accomplished jazz musician Nancy Harrow, who brought to the stage the successful and beloved seven-season NYC run of the children's show 'Maya the Bee' have come together for a special performance run of the acclaimed children's jazz puppet show 'The Cat Who Went to Heaven' at The Harlem School of the Arts Theater. With music and lyrics by Nancy Harrow, the delightful show is based on the 1931 Newbery Award-winning children's book by Elizabeth Coatsworth.

'The Cat Who Went to Heaven' features notable instrumentalists Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess and the voice of Grady Tate. The story is told through 26 contemporary jazz tracks and the traditional Japanese art of Bunraku puppetry.

The story's timeless message of ‘compassion for all beings' resonates with people of all ages, and the show serves as a wonderful introduction for children to Jazz music. The site Urban Baby says it best: "Grown up fans of rock and roll seem to have plenty of fun kids' options, but those who favor jazz haven't always been so lucky. Until now. Through original compositions, lyrics and narration, The Cat Who Went to Heaven integrates the story line with an accessible, but sophisticated jazz score that pleases everyone."

The performances are taking place at The Harlem School of the Arts Theater, 647 St. Nicholas Avenue (between West 145th and 141st Streets), and the remaining performance dates are as follows:

Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 30 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

More Information: http://www.harlemschoolofthearts.org/cat.html

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