Hudson -- Taste of Hudson isn't just about great food, it also provides great music.
The Teddy Bear Picnic free Children's Concert is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Rock Cafe Stage on the Hudson Gazebo Green Sept. 1. The Pops Concert will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The children's concert will highlight the premiere of "Pinklejinx for Concert Band and Narrator" composed by John Pasternack and commissioned by the Western Reserve Community Band, conducted by Ralph Meyer.
The music and narration is based on the Pinklejinx book written by Hudson resident Tish Dahlby.
Dahlby, the mother of four grown girls, created Pinklejinx March 12, 1993, as a way to celebrate her daughter Hannah's third birthday, which was being postponed because her husband was traveling.
"The Birthday Fairy was born out of desperation," Dahlby said. "I couldn't let her actual birthday be just another day."
Dahlby decorated the kitchen and set a special birthday place at the table for Hannah. She made her favorite breakfast -- banana muffins -- and sprinkled a little "Pinklejinx" on her food for an early morning celebration.
"The next morning, Hannah was ecstatic when I explained that a 'Birthday Fairy' had visited and delivered this special celebration just for her," Dahlby said. "It was a simple solution that brought so much joy to my daughter, and I must admit I was just as thrilled watching her revel in that moment."
Six months later, her sister, Rachel, asked for the same Birthday Fairy, and a family tradition was born.
When Meyer learned about Pinklejinx, he thought about putting the story to music and asked Pasternack to create a score. Dahlby shared her ideas and the book with Pasternack, the director of the Nordonia Hills Community Chorus and a Band Director for the Warrensville Heights City School District.
The book, "Pinklejinx" follows the story of a girl, Joy, who longs to be the birthday fairy.
"John and I envisioned Joy's personality," Dahlby said. "He created an amazing score."
The spirit of joy and the magic of the story are expressed by different instruments, Dahlby said.
"It's a book about happiness, and John captured it," Dahlby said. "He's so talented. He exceeded our expectations."
The new Pinklejinx music provides community bands with another score for children's concerts, Meyer said.
"The music changes for each part of the story," Meyer said.
"The child can close her eyes and imagine the scenes," Dahlby said.
The more senses you can involve a child in, the better, Dahlby said. They can see the book, hear the music and heighten the experience.
To place your order for a complimentary first edition book of Pinklejinx, please visit www.pinklejinx.com. Click on the "contact us" tab and enter: Complimentary Book/ Taste of Hudson. Books will be distributed on the Green just prior before the concert.
The Dahlby family created a special ritual for each birthday and 20 years later they are still celebrating with a book and birthday kits available online mid-October.
"Everyone wants to feel special on their birthday," Dahlby said. "We decided to share it with others."
The Western Reserve Community Band is open to all adult instrumental musicians in Summit County and the surrounding area. The band performs a wide variety of transcriptions, traditional band literature, marches, Broadway, show and popular tunes. For more information, email email@example.com, visit www.westernreserveband.org or call 330-656-5113.
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