Based on the children’s book by Leo Lionni and dedicated to the composer’s son, Benjamin, this narrated work has been performed successfully by a number of orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and Baton Rouge Symphony. Alexander is a real mouse, but would like to be a toy mouse like Willy. In the end when Willy is found in a box of old discarded toys, Alexander asks the magic lizard to turn Willy into a real mouse and they “dance until dawn.” This wonderful story is delightfully illustrated by the music with each character clearly portrayed. The music is sophisticated yet accessible to both children and adults alike.
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