Symphony Orchestra's not scared of the big bad wolf
IT'S A story of adventure and enchantment, and has been performed thousands of times around the world - and after 80 years, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is still a much-loved musical today.
On October 23, at 11.30am, in a one-off matinee event the Queensland Symphony Orchestra brings it to life, with narration by actor Jason Klarwein.
Russian Sergei Prokofiev composed Peter and the Wolf in 1936 to cultivate musical tastes in children from the first years of school. Eight decades later, this tale lives on in the hearts of children young and old, capturing imaginations and delighting as the courageous Peter and his animal friends outwit a wily wolf.
The true heroes who bring life to the tale are the musical instruments, with the strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion each signifying different characters in the story.
Scored with Bird as flute, Cat as clarinet, Duck as oboe, Grandfather as bassoon, the hunters as woodwind and trumpet, Wolf as French horns and Peter as string instruments, the score is magical, and was always written to be also narrated.
Jason, who recently directed Queensland Theatre's St Mary's In Exile and Macbeth, said he remembered listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child.
"I am really thrilled and excited that so many children will get to experience this wonderful performance first-hand next month with QSO," he said.
Tickets cost $21 an adult and $17 a child. Book via qso.com.au, or call38335044.