Who: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
What: Peter and the Wolf family concert
Where: Rialto Theater, Tacoma
When: Sunday, January 20, 2:30 pm
Tickets: $5 for children, $7 for adults. Call 253-591-5894 or visit www.tacomasymphony.org.
Tacoma area families will enjoy a special treat this month when the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra opens its new Family Concerts series with a performance of Peter and the Wolf on January 20. Conducted by Music Director Harvey Felder, the performances will feature the famous piece by Sergei Prokofiev that has introduced generations of children to symphonic music. Peter and the Wolf will be narrated by Noel Koran.
A musical instrument petting zoo will be held an hour before the concert – an opportunity for youngsters to touch, handle and try out instruments.
Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have with a wolf that comes in from the meadow. Individual instruments represent the different characters in the story. This includes the flute (the bird), oboe (the duck), clarinet (the cat), bassoon, (Grandpa), the Wolf (horns), Peter (strings), and the hunters (timpani or kettle drums).
The TSO Family Concerts series, debuting in 2013, is a joint project of the Orchestra, Ted Brown Music, and the University of Puget Sound Community Music Program. Additional support has been provided by the Bamford Foundation, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Peter and the Wolf concert will be followed by three programs for small ensembles – String Quintet, Brass Quintet, and Percussion Quartet – held in Schneebeck Hall on the campus of University of Puget Sound.