The Story of Scheherazade

Written by Tom Mitchell

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in co-sponsorship with the Utah Valley Symphony, will be presenting The Story of Scheherazade, narrated by Charlotte Blake Alston on Wednesday and Thursday, April 30-May 1, 2014.

These stories, often called the Thousand and One Arabian Nights, were told by Scheherazade, a princess who told her husband these stories each night in order to prevent herself from being executed. With the soul-stirring music of Rimsky-Korsakov as a setting, Ms. Alston narrates these stories, myths, and fables from ancient Persia, Arabia, Egypt, India, and Mesopotamia, and makes them come alive in your imagination. The music will further paint a picture of the exotic settings of these stories, as the narrator spins the imaginative tales.

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A favorite at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Charlotte Blake Alston is an award-winning artist who has also performed on some of the nation’s most prestigious stages including the John F.  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution. With her gift for characterization, she breathes life into these traditional and contemporary tales.

The concert will be held at the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center St., Provo. The event is funded by a grant from OnStage in Utah through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.  For tickets go to www.utahvalleysymphony.org or call the Covey Center box office at 801-852-7007.

 

 

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