The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra invites all parents with children ages 4 to 9 to its first annual Family Concert, held on Jan. 22 at Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St. Conducted by music director Harvey Felder, the performance will feature the classic “Peter and the Wolf” narrated by David Fischer, executive director of Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Also on the program will be Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major.
The event starts at 2 p.m. with a musical instrument petting zoo, courtesy of Ted Brown Music, led by members of the Tacoma Youth Symphony, who will help youngsters touch, handle and try out instruments from violins to trombones. The concert itself will take place at 3 p.m. and is of "child-friendly" length (about 50 minutes).
The TSO Family Concert is sponsored by www.tacomasymphony.org.
“Peter and the Wolf” is by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, who wrote the work in 1936 for the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow. The timeless classic tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have with a wolf that comes in from the meadow through the garden gate. It is a marvelous introduction to the wonderful world of the symphony orchestra. Each character in the story is represented by a musical instrument, or groups of instruments, in the orchestra.
“Peter and the Wolf” is among the most recorded works in the repertory, a testament to its timelessness. Over the course of the years, it has been narrated by such varied luminaries as Boris Karloff, Leonard Bernstein, Christopher Lee, Captain Kangaroo, David Bowie, Sir Alec Guiness, Paul Hogan, Sting and Patrick Stewart.
David Fischer has been executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts since September of 2006. However, for many years he freelanced as a theatre director, actor, teacher and video producer. He earned his M.F.A. in Theater Performance from San Francisco State University, his B.A. from the State University of New York, Albany, and completed certificate studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As executive director of the Broadway Center, Fischer oversees the Tacoma Theater District and its three theaters including a large presenting series, arts education program, theatre production and facility management.