An orchestra that cried ‘Wolf’
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? The Manawatu Sinfonia hopes no one, and that Palmerston North families come to hear ‘‘the Wolf’’ in concert on Saturday afternoon.
To make it easier to enjoy family favourite Peter and the Wolf and other popular classics, entry for families to the Sinfonia and Manawatu Youth Orchestra combined concert is by donation.
‘‘We want families to come and enjoy the fantastic sound and music of a real live orchestra,’’ conductor Isaac Henderson said.
‘‘Music is for everyone, and we don’t want the cost to be a barrier.’’
Many people know Prokofief’s Peter and the Wolf, a classic family piece with its grumpy grandpa, ditzy duck and brave hunters, each played by a different musical instrument.
He has kept to the theme during the rest of the concert with other animal-inspired music.
‘‘ Carnival of the Animals is another classic people love. But it has an edge of satire under the tune,’’ Henderson said.
The Youth Orchestra is also playing New Zealand Kiwi composer Anthony Ritchie’s Underwater Music, inspired by band, The Mutton Birds.
‘‘We have a great programme, a large orchestra and no expensive ticket – what’s to be afraid of?’’
Manawatu Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia combined concert is at 3pm Saturday, August 20, Salvation Army, 431 Church St.
Combined Manawatu Sinfonia and Youth Orchestra members rehearsing ‘‘Peter & the Wolf’’.