Peter and the Wolf (with Film)

Stéphane Denève - Conductor

Christina & Michelle Naughton - Duo pianos

Michael Goldstrom - Actor

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Roussel - The Spider's Feast

Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf (with film)

INTERMISSION

Saint-Saëns - Carnival of the Animals

Poulenc - Selections from Les Animaux modèles (with narrator)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Rediscover your youth with this collection of grown-up fairy tales. You’ll remember Peter and the Wolf from your first concert experiences. Now enjoy Peter & the Wolf Live the 2008 Oscar® Winner - Best Animated Short Film, directed by Suzie Templeton. The claymation presentation is set in modern times, with a new and edgy interpretation, including a dark wolf who will surprise the big kid in all of us. Roussel’s Spider’s Feast comes from a ballet with a grim plot: Insects are trapped in a spider’s web, but before it can eat them, a praying mantis comes along and eats the spider. A funeral procession follows. Poulenc’s Les Animaux modèles, also a ballet score, seems light and humorous on the surface, and the music is bursting with Poulencian delights. The plot involves surreal happenings in a French farmyard: A cicada plays the violin, a lion falls in love. But the story is also an allegory for France’s suffering under Nazi occupation. Saint-Saëns, and the incredible piano artistry of the Curtis-trained Naughton twins, provide our marvelous finale, bringing the Carnival of the Animals to vivid life.



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Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton and Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman

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This concert is sponsored by the Hassel Foundation.
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