Franklin School's Ballet Conservatory to Perform with Metrowest Symphony, 3/9

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Ballet Conservatory dancers from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Peter L. Cokkinias. The collaborative performance is part of the Hopkinton-based Orchestra's "Artists in Bloom" Family Concert, to be presented on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School Auditorium, 750 Winter Street, in Framingham. The program also features Aaron Copland's Outdoor Overture and Maurice Ravel's Tzigane, with 16-year-old violin soloist Elizabeth Kim, winner of the Orchestra's annual Young Artist Competition.

The classic musical tale Peter and the Wolf comes to life with choreography and staging by FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux. Featuring Prokofiev's lyrical score, the adventures of Peter, his animal friends, and the wolf unfold with representation by different instruments and musical themes, providing a dynamic theatrical experience for children. The ballet also includes narration of the story by Rene Pfister, making it an especially delightful and accessible introduction to the world of live music and dance. Along with Prokofiev's memorable melodies, Madeux's choreography aptly expresses the different personalities of the principal characters.

A former company dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Hartford Ballet and American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Cheryl Madeux has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was a finalist in the Paris International Ballet Competition and the Prix de Lausanne and was awarded a Presidential Scholar in Dance. Ms. Madeux is a summer faculty member for the ABT Young Dancers Program in NY and an examiner for the ABT National Teacher Training Curriculum.

FSPA Ballet Conservatory dancers cast in Peter and the Wolf's featured roles are Sam Evans (Peter) of Medfield, Shaina McGillis (Wolf) of Franklin, Mikaela Guidice (Bird) of Norfolk, Alli Tomsik (Duck) of Medway and Sarah Radford (Cat) of Wrentham. Rudy Bauer of Franklin will portray the Grandfather.

More On: Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, American Ballet Theatre, Shaina McGillis, Alli Tomsik, Dance Company, Noura Sander,

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