The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 7, 2014

Guest arranger for MSO's Muppet-themed concert shares moments of inspiration

Guest arranger shares her own moments of inspiration


■ "I'm not spoiling too much by saying that 'Rainbow Connection' is the finale to the show. It's the representative piece of this era and it's been done so many times. I wanted to make it harmonically more interesting and I re-wrote the melody. I'm hoping to give the song some perspective of being aged a bit."

■ "'Pinball Number Count' is a song I really wanted on the program. But, as an arranger, you find that some things are a little too square, like a mom trying to look hot in tight jeans. So, I gave this song over entirely to the children's choir with a brass quintet and rhythm section for this New Orleans brass feel."

For more about Hutchinson, her process and her voluminous amount of research into the music of the Muppets, visit

If You Go What "Songs About Rainbows: Music of Jim Henson and the Muppets" When 3 p.m. Sunday Where Mankato West High School auditorium Tickets $15-$25; available through, at the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts box office (call 507-387-1008) and at the door.

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