The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present â€œPeter and the Wolfâ€ and Vivaldiâ€™s â€œSpringâ€ in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 25, at the Childrenâ€™s Museum of Oak Ridge.
Children are invited to come early for paper puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. at the museum at 461 West Outer Drive. The museum is offering free admission from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to support the concert.
Puppets from the â€œPeter and the Wolfâ€ story are in the Anna Cebrat Puppet Room at the museum, where children may act out the story in the puppet theater in the week leading up to the concert.
A small symphony orchestra will perform the musical story of â€œPeter and the Wolfâ€ by Sergei Prokofiev. The composer considered the music as a childâ€™s introduction to the orchestra, with each character represented by a different instrument or group of instruments. The strings represent Peter, and the horn section represents the wolf.
Dan Alcott will conduct the orchestra, and Matt Shafer Powell, of WUOT-FM, will be the narrator.
â€œThe Oak Ridge Symphony presents an annual free family concert as a gift to the community,â€ said Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Executive Director Michelle Powell. â€œItâ€™s a chance for children and the young-at-heart to come out and experience classical music.â€
Special guest violinist Hannah Shipstad, 11-year-old winner of the Youth Aliyah competition in Oak Ridge, will perform with the orchestra in Vivaldiâ€™s â€œSpring.â€
Children may listen to the Vivaldiâ€™s â€œSpring,â€ composed in the 1720s, to find signs of the season. The violin concerto is part of â€œThe Four Seasons,â€ among Vivaldiâ€™s best-known and most popular works.
Sponsors of the program are John and Lois McKeever, Pao-Min Loh Fund for Excellence in Education, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, Capital Mark Bank and Trust, the Childrenâ€™s Museum of Oak Ridge, and WUOT-FM. The concert is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.