With Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Jan. 25
Young children will receive the perfect introduction to the sound of the orchestra when the Grand Rapids Symphony presents the musical tale of “Peter and the Wolf,” Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Sunshine Community Church.
This Russian classic will enthrall kids of all ages, especially with the addition of dancers from the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Associate Conductor John Varineau leads this Lollipops concert, sponsored by PNC.
Written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, “Peter and the Wolf” tells the story of a young boy who, ignoring his grandfather’s warnings, goes off in search of a big, grey wolf. During his journey through the forest, Peter befriends a bird, a duck and a cat, all of whom help him during his fearsome wolf encounter.
Each character in the story is represented by a different instrument and musical theme, allowing children to learn the distinct sounds made by orchestral instruments. The musicians will also be wearing colored t-shirts that will help identify the four instrument families—string, woodwind, brass and percussion.
The whimsical tale and charming music from “Peter and the Wolf” is likely familiar to many parents, as Disney animated the musical story in 1946. The popular musical themes have also been featured in the film “A Christmas Story” and children’s cartoons including “Muppet Babies” and “Tiny Toon Adventures.”
The Symphony’s Lollipops concerts are designed for children ages four through seven, but the program can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Complimentary lollipops will be given to children as a sweet treat after the performance.
Tickets General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the Symphony box office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4 (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800/982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Market and Family Fare store and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the concert.