April 8, 2023 — 10:00 AM
West High School
30 Ash St. Madison, WI 53726

El Salón México

Please join us for our family performance of “El Salón México,” on April 8, 2023 at 10 am. This performance is open and free to the community.

After the performance, we welcome families to meet with the
characters, get creative at our craft station, and test out orchestral
instruments in the instrument petting zoo!

“El Salón México” is a fictional story of two good friends, Aaron Copland and Carlos Chávez, written by Mary and Andrew Sewell. The story retells Copland’s musical postcard, when two celebrated composers meet up in New York City, and reminisce of a visit to one of Mexico City’s famed dance halls - El Salón México.


Our Family Series offers an engaging exploration of music for families with children of all ages. The format is purposefully different from typical concert settings, so moving around or making noise during the show is welcomed and encouraged!

Mary Headshot

Mary Sewell, writer

Writer and violinist Mary Sewell began her musical career in New Zealand and moved to the United States in 1988 where she performed for over thirty years. Mary also costumed for symphonic stage shows and theater which led her to production for independent film. Recently finding her voice in screen writing, Mary was co-writer and producer for Fantasy in D Minor which won ‘Best International Short Film’ at the Oxford International Film Festival, UK. Continuing to write and produce, Mary’s recent short film Let Your Sisters Be won Best Dramatic Short at both the Barcelona International Short Film Festival and The Monaco International Film Festival. Her feature film screenplay Playing the Spectrum was awarded Best Romantic Comedy.

In creating the storyline for WCO Family Series, El Salón México, Mary drew her inspiration from Aaron Copland’s vibrant score and her own visit to Mexico City playing with the National Symphony - Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.


COPLAND | El Salón México