SWEET SOUNDS ON BIG STAGE
ORCHESTRA BRINGS TALE TO LIFE
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.
Peter and the Wolf will be narrated by former red Wiggle Murray Cook at The Joan Sutherland Centre in Penrith.