By Mandy Smith, Charlotte Symphony
There was a certain large piece of furniture in my childhood bedroom that could only be described as uncharacteristic to such a space. Sandwiched between my Barbie house and the bookcase filled with Babysitter’s Club titles sat a cabinet record player. I’m assuming it was there for lack of a better place in my parents’ home and as a result, music has always been a prominent element in my life. I placed the needle gently down on a record of my choosing before doing just about anything else in that room. I sang. I danced. My Barbies danced.
One album I remember from my youth was a recording of Peter and the Wolf. While it wasn’t the original RCA Victor recording consisting of three 78 rpm discs and was more likely the Disney version, this classical composition was the soundtrack of many afternoons inside that pink bedroom.
I’ve been encouraging the love of music to my daughter since her birth three years ago so I’m tickled to bits that Charlotte Symphony will be presenting Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, May 5th. This concert is the final one for this year in their Lollipops series, and it’s a not-to-be missed event on my calendar. I can’t wait to watch my daughter’s face light up as she hears this well-loved classic.
The performance is an extra-special retelling of this orchestral adventure as it features the members of PROJECT Trio. The members of this group – Eric, Greg, and (yes) Peter – put a new spin on the classical music experience with their youthful presentations. They combine elements of hip-hop and popular music with classical repertoire to engage young audiences in a new and exciting way. So even if you’re thinking, “I’ve seen Peter and the Wolf before,” unless the presentation included beat-boxing, you certainly haven’t seen it like this.
Want to go?
When – May 5, 2012, 11 AM
Pre-concert festival begins at 10 AM
Where – Knight Theater
Who – Jacomo Rafael Bairos, conducting. Guests – PROJECT Trio
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