Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of  Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Composer Raphael Mostel and conductor Steven Reineke introducing the first U.S. performance of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants

National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia images: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolors, Collection Bibliothèque nationale de France, and Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available)

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available)

First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available)

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available)

First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available)

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available)

First U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

First U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, Steven Reineke, conductor, Regina Aquino, narrator, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

(l-r in front): Composer Raphael Mostel, narrator Regina Aquino, conductor Steven Reineke, bows after first U.S. performance,   Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants   National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019  Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

(l-r in front): Composer Raphael Mostel, narrator Regina Aquino, conductor Steven Reineke, bows after first U.S. performance, Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants National Symphony Orchestra, John F Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., April 7, 2019

Photo: Erica Bruce (full size photo available). Multimedia image: original Jean de Brunhoff watercolor, Kendra & Allan Daniel Collection. Used with permissions

Rehearsal for the first U.S. performance of  Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants  by the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, April 3, 2019  Steven Reineke conductor, Regina Aquino narrator. Jean de Brunhoff watercolor from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, used with permission  Photo: Raphael Mostel

Rehearsal for the first U.S. performance of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants by the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, April 3, 2019

Steven Reineke conductor, Regina Aquino narrator. Jean de Brunhoff watercolor from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection, used with permission

Photo: Raphael Mostel

The World Premiere of Babar’s Return to the Land of the Elephants (Le Retour aux pays des Éléphants), was given by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Maison symphonique, Place des Arts, Montréal, Québec

Dina Gilbert conducting the OSM, with narrators Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard

Dina Gilbert conducting the OSM, with narrators Sophie Cadieux & Pierre Brassard

The World Premiere of excerpts from Babar’s Honeymoon was given by the New York Philharmonic. Banner image at the top of this page shows Raphael Mostel with Theodore Wiprud and conductor Joshua Gersen and New York Philharmonic. Photo: Michael DiVito

Joshua Gersen conducting the New York Philharmonic, in a performance without narrator. photo: Michael DiVito

Joshua Gersen conducting the New York Philharmonic, in a performance without narrator. photo: Michael DiVito


The Berliner Philharmoniker presented the World Premiere of the new production, but chose to present the more intimate chamber version of the complete Travels of Babar (Babar auf Reisen)

Stanley Dodds conducting the complete work in the original scoring, with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Photo: Kai Beinert

Stanley Dodds conducting the complete work in the original scoring, with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Photo: Kai Beinert

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