Pacific Symphony Presents PETER AND THE WOLF Today

Pacific Symphony Presents PETER AND THE WOLF Today

Pacific Symphony presents the perfect story to introduce children to the sounds of the orchestra-Prokofiev's wildly popular and charming "Peter and the Wolf"-which wraps up this season's Family Musical Mornings series, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank. The imaginative duo from Magic Circle Mime Co., Maggie Petersen and Doug MacIntyre, tie comedy and movement to the music to illustrate the story of Peter, a brave young boy who must outsmart a wily wolf to help save his animal friends. Along with Assistant Conductor Alejandro Gutiérrez, the Symphony's principal musicians interact with the mimes and become characters in the story, as Benjamin Smolen (flute) plays the Bird, Jessica Pearlman (oboe) plays the Duck and Benjamin Lulich (clarinet) plays the Cat. With the thundering timpani of the Hunters and the French-horn sounds of the stalking Wolf, Prokofiev's thrilling music alerts children to the powerful stories music can tell.

"Peter and the Wolf" takes place today, May 10, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $19-39; for more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit Building a foundation for a lifetime of classical music appreciation, these 45-minute concerts are designed especially for children ages 5-11, and include an interactive musical carnival before or after the show (details below).

"'Peter and the Wolf' is such a great introduction to music for children," says Maestro Gutiérrez, "because within the captivating story of Peter and his animal friends (played by our musicians), they hear Prokofiev's beautiful orchestral music and learn to recognize different musical themes and some of the instruments of the orchestra. When following the story, children are stimulated to make essential connections to understand and appreciate orchestral music of high artistic value."

The concert opens with Von Suppé's Overture to "Light Calvary," as the orchestra and mimes prepare children for the gripping musical adventure to come. Praised for developing creative and exciting programs, Magic Circle Mime Co. performed with the Symphony for "Orchestra from Planet X," "The Listener" and the 2010-11 performance of "Peter and the Wolf."

"Every choice that the Magic Circle Mime Co. makes in their movement is intricately linked to the music," says Susan Miller Kotses, Symphony senior director of education. "They use the art form of mime to enhance what is happening musically and to effectively tell the story without words-allowing Prokofiev's music and the orchestra to really shine."