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Dave Ragland, Jr. and Mary McCallum

Charlie and the Wolf

What would have happened if classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and jazz  saxophonist Charlie Parker had met... and what if they gave each other music lessons?! 


This winter, Cedar Rapids elementary students are in for a witty and whimsical treat with Charlie and the Wolf, an original commissioned opera for children composed by David Ragland, Jr. with lyrics by Mary McCallum. This charming new opera celebrates uniqueness while uplifting unity, and reminds us that  everyone is playing with the same notes... we just interpret them differently!

Stay tuned for the public world premiere this summer in celebration of Juneteenth!


January School performances are sponsored in part by Cedar Rapids Community School District, International Paper, Giacoletto Foundation, the Iowa Arts Council, John & Dyan Smith, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cedar Rapids Community School District Elementary Schools
January 2023




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