SWEET SOUNDS ON BIG STAGE

ORCHES­TRA BRINGS TALE TO LIFE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Jenny Gal­braith

FOR­MER red Wig­gle Mur­ray Cook will en­chant chil­dren once again when he nar­rates the Pen­rith Sym­phony Orches­tra’s lat­est con­cert of Peter and the Wolf at the Joan Suther­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Sun­day.

The piece by Rus­sian com­poser Prokofiev aims to in­tro­duce the sounds of an orches­tra to young chil­dren.

Con­duc­tor Ge­orge El­lis said while the orches­tra of­ten pre­sented mod­ern pieces as part of their chil­dren’s pro­gram, they also en­joyed go­ing back to the clas­sics.

“As well as new pro­gres­sive ones there are also some very good tra­di­tional ones and Peter and Wolf is one the Pen­rith Sym­phony Orches­tra hasn’t per­formed for many years,” El­lis said.

El­lis and Cook had been look­ing for a project to col­lab­o­rate on for a while, he said.

The piece uses ef­fec­tive ways to teach chil­dren about dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments, El­lis said.

“It’s writ­ten so well and com­posed so beau­ti­fully, and uses dif­fer­ent ways to in­tro­duce sounds of an orches­tra to chil­dren.

“Rather than say­ing, this is the sound of a flute, lis­ten and en­joy, we say this has a bird in it, and ev­ery time there’s a bird it’s played by the flute.

“Be­cause of the bril­liance of that the au­di­ence walks away say­ing I know what a flute sounds like,” El­lis said.

Peter and the Wolf will be per­formed this Sun­day at 11am. Tick­ets are $25 for adults, $20 for chil­dren un­der 16 and $75 for a fam­ily of four.

De­tails: the­joan.com.au

Peter and the Wolf will be nar­rated by for­mer red Wig­gle Mur­ray Cook at The Joan Suther­land Cen­tre in Pen­rith.

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