Peter and the Wolf Still Popular!
Isn’t it amazing that this 1936 composition by Sergei Prokofiev is still very popular today. Prokofiev was asked to compose a work for children by the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow. He loved the idea so much that it only took him four days to write the whole thing!
Over the years this work has been performed by many orchestras. Disney’s version was narrated by Streling Holloway in 1946 and more recently the famous Elmo of Sesame Street had his musical adventure with this children’s classic.
Many great figures in acting as well as music have enjoyed narrating Peter and the Worlf. The list includes: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Sir John Gielgud, Sean Connery, Peter Ustinov, Captain Kangaroo, David Bowie, Itzhak Perlman, Lorne Greene, Sir Alec Guinness, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Dame Edna Everage, Carol Channing, Sting and even Sharon Stone.
Can you see Patrick Stewart (yes of Start Trek fame!) saying: “Make it so” to the hunters as they take away the wolf!
The Calgary Civic Symphony is thrilled to have Calgary’s own Mayor Nenshi as narrator in this year’s Children’s Christmas concert on December 16th at the Epcor Centre. And many of us in the orchestra are excited to perform this work which we have enjoyed listening to as children and perhaps even reading to our own kids!
Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss this opportunity to experience this classic work in the orchestra repertoire! See you on Sunday December 16th!
Calgary Civic Symphony