Hudson Concerts for Kids
October 5 at 9:30 am
The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s CONCERTS FOR KIDS series returns with Prokofiev’s ever-popular and well-loved story Peter and the Wolf. Children ages 2-6 will delight in the sounds of the bird, the duck, the cat, the wolf, and the hunters represented by flutes, oboes, horns, and drums!
ArtSparks is an educational outreach organization that provides access to high quality dance programming for all children, especially those who may not otherwise have the opportunity. ArtSparks programs typically take place during the school day to put the arts on par with other core curricular subjects. All ArtSparks programs challenge and inspire students of all ages and abilities to discover new heights of individual excellence through focused attention, creative exploration and a sense of community so that they might joyfully dance their way to becoming a more confident human-being than they were before they stepped onto the dance floor.
Did You Know?
Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has been recorded more than 400 times in 12 different languages. This symphonic fairytale uses a cast of vibrant characters and a charming story to introduce children to some of the different instruments of the orchestra. (Source: classicfm.com)
Over the decades, Peter and the Wolf has been performed by virtually every orchestra and conductor and has also attracted an endless list of narrators, including an impressive number of A-listers from virtually every field, among them Sting, David Bowie, Patrick Stewart, John Gielgud, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Boris Karloff, Jack Lemmon, William F. Buckley, Captain Kangaroo. (Source: pbs.org)
Prokofiev was commissioned by the Moscow Children’s Theatre to compose a piece for children’s theatre. He chose as his subject the story of a boy and his animal friends capturing a wolf. In the story’s telling Prokofiev assigned each character a musical instrument or class of instruments. The bird was identified with a flute, the cat with a clarinet, the duck with an oboe, Peter’s grandfather with a bassoon, the wolf with horns, and the hunters with percussion. Peter himself was given the entire string section and a jaunty lighthearted melody. (Source: britannica.com)
About the Musicians
Eric Benjamin, Conductor
Eric Benjamin is Associate Conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Akron Youth Symphony. Active as a composer and arranger, Eric’s works have been performed by orchestras nationally. Eric is a committed educator and has taught music at the elementary, secondary and college level.