Several Symphonies to Perform “When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” for 21-22 Season

Several symphonies have committed to stand-alone performances of “When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” composed by Bob Singleton in the 21-22 symphony season.

The range of orchestras includes 2 prestigious internationally renowned orchestras in their own world-class symphony halls, a professional orchestra that will “take it on the road” throughout a region for family & school audiences, an energized community orchestra building audiences in a suburban market, and a well-known summer institute and premier summer training programs and music festivals in the USA.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs the concert in March 2022 from its home symphony hall, Bass Performance Hall, conducted by Alex Amsel. The performance is a return for the symphony that performed the world premiere in 2019. The orchestra is known worldwide as the performing orchestra for the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Joining the orchestra will be theater and TV professionals, Patty Wirtz as “Professor Pat Pending,” and Steven Raikes as the hyper-energized T-Rex Conductor.

The Nashville Symphony will present the southern US premiere performance in Schermerhorn Symphony Center, March 2022. The performance will be conducted by Nathan Aspinall. Nashville Symphony is presenting the concert in their “comeback season” as part of their Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust “Family Series” performances.

Symphony of the Mountains, a professional symphony in Northeast Tennessee, will be taking the show on the road for performances in Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in May 2022. Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth will be leading the orchestra in several performances for families and students.

Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival Orchestra will be performing and video recording the concert in July 2021. The resident conductor is Ken Lam. They will use the recording year-round in their outreaches and educational programs.

The Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Pew, will present the concert as their Halloween family performance of 2021. Their Halloween performances always introduce new fans to the orchestra. The concert is a perfect way to capture the hearts of families and bring them into future performances.

“When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” © 2019 Agnes Day Music, BMI, composed by Bob Singleton, with narration by Stephen White

Announcing “When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” vs. 2.0

“When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” was premiered by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Bass Performance Hall under conductor Alejandro Gómez Guillén in February 2019.

What do you do after you’ve had a triumphant world premiere of a new type of family concert, by a world-class symphony orchestra, in a revered symphony hall?

Stephen Raikes, Bob Singleton, and Patty Wirtz confer at rehearsal with he FWSO.

You make it better.

During all the read-throughs, rehearsals and the performance of, “When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” copious notes were taken, musicians were queried, conductors were questioned, and audience members, production staff and characters were surveyed; all to find out, “how can we make this better?”

We found out. Then, we went to work on version 2.0.

“When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” version 2.0 includes:

  • a big laugh that was added earlier in the narration to get the fun started sooner and larger
  • revamped orchestration, reworked in key areas 
  • all scores and parts were totally re-engraved using a unified “house style,” with fresh paginations, layouts, instructions, and markings for quicker rehearsals and better performances
  • the title change was rolled out to all scripts, scores, parts, graphics, and promotional elements (“When Instruments Roamed the Earth!®” was originally titled “Jurassic Parts.” Questions about that? Funny story. Ask us.)
Sterling Proctor works on the new layout.

And, because of an anonymous benefactor for a limited time, there’s no reason any symphony in the US can’t perform this new, improved, audience-pleasing, donor-friendly symphonic event.

Contact Bob Singleton now for more information: wheninstrumentsroamed@gmail.com

Rehearsal with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra inspires improvements to the score and parts.
Composer, Bob Singleton, enters improvements to the original score files before turning them over to be engraved.
The best comment by a musician: “This is the most fun I’ve ever had with a concert. I’ve played music that made me sad, music that made me feel strong, but never something that made me so happy I laughed out loud!”