February 10, 2011

Law & Order: RPO—Don’t Miss Prokofiev’s Classic, Performed With a Twist

Originally written in 1936, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has become a classic tale, beloved by generations of children. On Sunday, February 13 at 2:00 pm at Performance Hall at Hochstein, you and your family will have the chance to see Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Principal Conductor for Education and Outreach Michael Butterman (the Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair), will be joined by a bevy of actors to present Peter vs. The Wolf. This delightful production uses Prokofiev’s vivid and colorful score to enact a court case, in which the wolf gets to present his side of the story to the audience.

The playful story of Peter vs. The Wolf unfolds with the wolf pleading his innocence in the alleged “duckicide.” Each instrument is demonstrated as they are individually called into cross-examination by the wolf. By the end of the questioning, it looks as though all evidence will be thrown out, proving the wolf’s innocence. However, a turn of events lands the audience in the middle of his fate with a cunningly ironic ending. To read a synopsis of the story, click here. Also, use this link or click below to watch the Peter vs. The Wolf trailer.

Peter vs. The Wolf features a cast of amusing, engaging, and often quirky characters, played by talented local actors. Rob Kellogg (pictured), son of RPO Principal Trombonist Mark Kellogg and RPO Flutist Joanna Bassett, will play Peter. Other actors include storyteller Jay Stetzer as the Wolf, WXXI’s Chris Van Hof as the Judge, Michael Connor as the District Attorney, and Marcy Savastano as the Court Reporter. Members of the RPO will also be thrust into the spotlight as they are called on to take the witness stand and provide their musical “testimonies.”

Peter vs. The Wolf is a captivating, funny, and educational twist on a time-tested classic, and is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Tickets start at just $10, and can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling 454-2100.

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