Juanita the Spanish Lobster is the third release in the top award-winning Stories in Music children's CD series with the London Philharmonic and conductor Stephen Simon, and the first American recording of the British classic. In the tradition of Peter and the Wolf, the Stories in Music series of new classics for narrator and symphony orchestra introduces young people to the wonders of orchestral music.
Juanita the Spanish Lobster tells the humorous tale of a lady lobster who wants to go to the land. The spirited flamenco music, which matches Juanita's spunk and Spanish heritage, and the bel canto opera, perfect for the Welsh-singing lobster, Caradoc, together create an unforgettable symphonic story.
The CD also includes additional tracks that inform and enrich the listening experience, much like an audio guide at a museum. The child learns what to listen for in the music, how this wonderful work was created by a BBC television personality and British composer, David Haslam, and hear the "O Juanita" bel canto aria rearranged into an Elvis-style doo-wop song. A karaoke track of the song at the end of the recording provides a fun opportunity for the entire family to put on their blue suede shoes and sing along.
"A combination of beautiful music with an entertaining and fun story." -- A to Z Kids Stuff
"British composer David Haslam´s spirited flamenco and bel canto opera music makes Juanita pure entertainment for the entire family." -- PlayZak Magazine
"The Simons have created an inspired blend of music, storytelling, and just plain fun! " -- Marilyn Cooley - WETA-FM