The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will kick off its four-concert children’s series Mini Maestros this Sunday with a performance of Prokofiev’s classic musical folk tale “Peter and the Wolf.” The series continues with a string ensemble concert, “Fiddler on the Hoof,” on January 26.
“Peter and the Wolf” isn’t exactly new to Tacoma audiences: The TSO played it for last year’s children’s series also, and it was featured earlier in a Jacobsen Jr. concert at the University of Puget Sound. But it’s popular for a reason: The music, though written in 1936 and based on a Russian folk tale, is one all children can relate to, and told with each character portrayed by a different instrument: the grumpy grandfather by the bassoon, the brave (and slightly rebellious) Peter by the strings, the sly cat by the clarinet, the rather pathetic duck by the oboe, the clever bird by the flute, the menacing wolf by the horns, the hunters by the timpani. It cleverly introduces each major instrument before combining them in a delightful score. Harvey Felder conducts, while NPR’s Steve Reeder narrates.
The rest of the Mini Maestros series concerts, designed for ages 2-8, focus on the string section (“Fiddler on the Hoof,” Jan. 26), the brass (“Jungle Jams,” March 16) and the percussion (“The Wacky Wild World of Percussion,” April 27). All the 45-minute concerts begin at 2:30 p.m., with an instrument petting zoo one hour beforehand.
“Peter and the Wolf”: 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19. $10 adults/$7 children. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, tacomasymphony.org