Timeless tale set to music

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Prokofiev’s enchanting Peter and the Wolf to be performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 4 June.

Narration by Jason Klarwein
Starring Flute (Bird), Clarinet (Cat), Oboe (Duck), Bassoon (Grandfather), Woodwind and Trumpet (the hunters), French Horn (the wolf) and Strings (Peter)

It’s a story of adventure and enchantment, and one that has been performed thousands of times around the world – and after 81 years, Prokofiev’s brilliant Peter and the Wolf is among the most loved musical tales of all time. On Sunday 4 June in two very special musical event in the QSO Studio at South Bank, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will bring this story to life, with narration by actor Jason Klarwein.

Composed by Russian Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, Peter and The Wolf is a wonderful musical adventure, originally composed to cultivate musical tastes in children from the first years of school. That it has done, in spades!

Eighty one years on, this iconic tale still lives on in the hearts of children young and old, capturing imaginations and delighting as the courageous Peter and his animal friends outwit a wily wolf.

The true heroes who bring life to the tale are the musical instruments, with the strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion each signifying different characters in the story. Scored with Bird as flute, Cat as clarinet, Duck as oboe, Grandfather as bassoon, the hunters as woodwind and trumpet, Wolf as French horns and Peter as string instruments.

That narration comes from actor Jason Klarwein. "I remember listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child and how vivid the music was,” he said. "I am really thrilled and excited that so many children will get to experience this wonderful experience first-hand next month with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and what a privilege it is to narrate this timeless tale.”

The concerts will also showcase other music inspired by wildlife, including Mussorgsky’s Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks which conjures the flurry of a farmyard and Saint-Saëns’ Elephant from Carnival of the Animals, a waltz featuring double bass and piano.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Peter and The Wolf
Sunday 4 June 2017 at 10am and 11.30am
QSO Studio, South Bank
Adult: $21 and Child: $17 (a fee of $3 per transaction applies).
Book via qso.com.au, via QSO Box Office of by phone (Phone: 07 3833 5044) or in person
Presented by Brisbane Airport Corporation

Conductor Peter Luff
Presenter Jason Klarwein

Bizet (Arr. Young) Carmen Suite No.1. Toreador March
Mussorgsky (Arr. Young) Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Saint-Saëns (Arr. Aitken) Elephant from Carnival of the Animals
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Op.67