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Composer Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf" has been a staple of classical music since its premiere in 1936, because it’s a wonderful introduction to children (and audiences of all ages) of how an orchestra works.

Each character in the inventive score is represented by a separate instrument and melodic line, and Prokofiev’s effortless ability to create wondrous music out of the simplest of materials is on display throughout this utterly charming composition.

"Peter and the Wolf" also never wears out its welcome because the narrator of the piece brings his own stamp to the work at every performance; the recent Grammy winner for Best Spoken-Word Album for Children was a "Peter and the Wolf" recording with an unlikely trio of narrators: Sting, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren. The narrator for this performance of "Peter" is actor Joshua Kane.

At the Walt Whitman Theatre, on the Brooklyn College campus, on Feb. 29, the Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra’s "Peter and the Wolf" will be the main attraction of an afternoon’s worth of music that appeals to the entire family. This program - part of the Brooklyn Center’s Family Fun Series - also includes favorite Broadway tunes and even a chance for some lucky young concertgoers to come onstage and conduct the orchestra themselves.

For the rest of the concert, the conductor is Paul Shelden (pictured).

"Peter and the Wolf" will be performed at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on Feb. 29 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15. The Walt Whitman Theatre is located on the Brooklyn College campus, one block from the junction of Nostrand and Flatbush avenues. For more information, call (718) 951-4500 or visit the Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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