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Katy and the Big Snow

Inspired by Virginia Lee Burton's Katy and the Big Snow


Robert J. Bradshaw’s "Katy and the Big Snow" for orchestra was commissioned by the Cape Ann Symphony in honor of Virginia Lee Burton’s 100 birthday year.


The Cape Ann Symphony began 2009 by premiering “Katy”, supporting Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers’ year-long celebration of Burton and her wonderful books.  The performance included newly composed orchestral music by Robert J. Bradshaw, narration, and a multimedia presentation of Burton’s original illustrations on a 40 foot screen, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers.


Bradshaw, a resident of Cape Ann (as was Burton), visited thirteen schools teaching children about music composition. This site was designed to assist young listeners in learning to appreciate orchestral music by demonstrating the themes used by Bradshaw in the composition.


It should be noted, that although a correlation is made between the form of the composition and the book, "Katy and the Big Snow" is a separate entity entirely and is in no way intended to reiterate what Virginia Lee Burton or Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have published. This musical work represents the composer’s life-long connection with the book and is an expression of his individual creativity.


Thank you for visiting!


And now...KATY AND THE BIG SNOW (orchestral version)!

P.S. Be sure to pick up a copy of the book HERE!

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