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photo courtesy of Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
The timeless story of Peter’s adventure saving his animal friends from The Wolf appeals to both adults and children.

Animal Music Makes Family Fun
By Dawn Kittrell

Three French horns can sound very scary when they growl like a wolf. It gets even scarier when The Wolf eats Peter’s friend, The Duck. What do you think a brave Peter does then?

You’ll find out on March 6, if your family comes to see and hear the Bob Brown Puppet Company join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in performing Peter and the Wolf.

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote the musical fable in 1936 to teach children about the sounds the instruments of the orchestra can make. The music tells much of the story, but it is also narrated by WBJC’s radio voice Jonathan Palevsky.

The horns growl like The Wolf, violins walk young Peter through the forest and an oboe quacks like The Duck while you laugh at The Wolf’s wiggly eyebrows and the big grumpy Grandfather. The timeless story of Peter’s adventure in saving his animal friends from The Wolf appeals to both adults and children; “Children appreciate the story, and adults may be enchanted by Prokofiev’s clever tone-painting,” says guest conductor Scott Speck.

You’ll also hear excerpts from other music about animals, including Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”

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