For a lighthearted and (discreetly) educational soundtrack on your next family road trip, look no further than “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony” — the latest musical from Doctor Noize.
Composer-performer Cory Cullinan, aka Doctor Noize, has recruited an impressive roster of artists to record this spirited two-act, two CD set. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Kyle Pickett, gives a soaring performance, and they’re more than matched by Grammy-garnering opera stars Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard. The Metropolitan Opera’s John McVeigh, in the role of Mama’s Boy, pleads for courage in the adorable “I Could Be Someone.”
Cullinan, a former high-school music teacher, has sprinkled tantalizing tidbits about orchestration, instrumentation, and music history throughout his lively story. “Phineas McBoof” is recommended for all ages, but those listeners ranging from age 8 to 13 especially appreciate the witty banter. Bravo, Doctor Noize!
“Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony” two CD set by Doctor Noize, $19.99, www.cdbab
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