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Patti Smith narrates Tubby the Tuba on Saturday, March 16

The legendary rocker teams up with the Little Orchestra Society to bring new life to children's classic Tubby the Tuba.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith Photograph: Steven Sebring

In her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids (2010), legendary rocker Patti Smith recalls how she "nearly wept" when she met composer George Kleinsinger and saw his original scores for her childhood favorite, Tubby the Tuba. The 1945 musical narrative, about a tuba's discovery of melody and sound, has over the years been voiced by the likes of Dick Van Dyke and Meredith Vieira and has fostered an appreciation for music in many a kid. We were excited to hear that Smith—whose 1975 debut album Horses launched her to the vanguard of rock music—is bringing a fresh, heartfelt enthusiasm to the classic tale, which she narrates with the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday, March 16. Joining the Godmother of Punk on the Lincoln Center stage are guest conductor David Alan Miller of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, tap dancer Lane Alexander, 19-year-old cellist Nathan Chan and Min Xiao-Fen, master of the pipa, an ancient Chinese instrument. If your family can't make it to this weekend's performance, mark your calendars now for the Little Orchestra Society's April 27 concert featuring Disney's Fantasia!

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