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Montrose Concerts for Kids
May 7, 2020 at 10:45 am
The Akron Symphony Orchestra has made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances in our 2019-20 season, including Concerts for Kids.
Magical Theatre Company
Magical Theatre Company is the only professional resident and touring Theatre for Young Audiences in Northeast Ohio. For more than 40 years, Magical Theatre Company has brought the magic of theatre to thousands of children. We’ve attracted designers, actors, producers and directors whose credentials have been established from Broadway to Hollywood. We are committed to presenting theatre performances at our home, the historic Park Theatre in downtown Barberton, and on the road. Children not only watch our shows, but get involved in our shows! (Learn more at magicaltheatre.org)
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.