Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra presents ‘Peter and the Wolf’
If you go
What: Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra’s Free Family Concert
When: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge
Cost: Free, no tickets required
Program: “Trepak” from “Nutcracker,” by Tchaikovsky; Piano Concerto No. 3: Andante-Allegro, by Prokofiev; and “Peter and the Wolf,” by Prokofiev
More information: Call the Riverwalk box office at (970) 547-3100, or visit www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.
Looking for something to do in Breckenridge that the entire family will love? The Breckenridge Music Festival is hosting a free family concert with music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, conducted by Andrew Grams, on Friday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.
Prokofiev composed “Peter and the Wolf,” an orchestral fairy tale with a narrator, in Moscow in 1936, just a few years after he had returned to the Soviet Union to take up more or less permanent residence following a stay of some 15 years in the West. “Peter and the Wolf” was one of several works that he wrote in response to the Soviet government’s newly developed interest in music for children. The first performance of “Peter and the Wolf” took place at the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow on May 2, 1936. Prokofiev himself introduced American audiences to the score at a Boston Symphony concert in March 1938, his last appearance in this country.
Composed around a story that Prokofiev had written himself, “Peter and the Wolf” introduces young people to the instruments of the symphony orchestra through storytelling and music. The music does its job so effectively because it is not only simple and attractive but is also readily recognizable. Each character in the story has its own musical theme, and the theme is played each time by the same instrument or group of instruments.
“Peter and the Wolf” was an immediate success at its premier, and it has remained a favorite through the years. Its artful combination of prose, melody, wit and charm, along with an absolute absence of condescension to the audience, has made it a best-loved piece of musical fun that adults react to as favorably as do children — a sure sign of the high artistic quality of the work.
This family-friendly evening features guest conductor Andrew Grams. Schmitt Music Piano Competition Division III winner Jeffrey Chin will join Grams and the Festival Orchestra in a movement from Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Chin, born and raised in Denver, is 14 years old and an eighth-grader at the Colorado Connections Academy. He is a student of Jasmine Steadman and Larry Graham. At age 11, Chin won the Steinway Piano Concerto Competition Middle School Division. He has performed piano concertos with the Colorado and Boulder Symphony Orchestras, as well as the National Repertory, Colorado Chamber and Lamont Summer Academy
No tickets are required for this concert, and seating is first come, first served.
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