JAN. 14, 2014

Billings Symphony Presents Peter and the Wolf featuring NOVA’s Youth Actors

Billings, MT ─  The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (BSO&C), led by Maestra Anne Harrigan, will present the beloved children’s classic Peter and the Wolf for their annual family concert Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Alberta Bair Theater (ABT). The concert is general admission with family-friendly ticket prices.

Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless tale told by musical instruments is given added dimension by the talents of the youth actors at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, under the direction of Krista Marshall and Dan Nickerson. Peter will be played by Kyle Schreiber; Grandfather played by Vint Lavinder; Hunters played by Ashley Sones, Emma Ament, and Reagan Melber; Bird played by Sabrina Jefferson; Duck played by Riley Gilsdorf; Cat played by Sierra Walsh; and Wolf will be played by Lillian Fix-Brierton.

Peter and the Wolf is a composition written for symphonic and spoken word performance. Created in 1936 for his son, Prokofiev has given us a most charming tale of a young boy’s adventures in the meadow behind his grandfather’s house that both tells a story and teaches children about recognizing musical themes.

In addition to Peter and the Wolf, the orchestra will also play other symphonic pieces that will highlight the specific sections of the orchestra. On the program are: Poulenc’s Sonata (3rd movement); Cervantes’ Six Cuban Dances (4th movement); Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite (4th movement); an excerpt from Resphighi’s Pines of Rome; and Haydn’s Toy Symphony (1st movement).

The Peter and the Wolf Family Concert is one of the music education and community engagement programs of the BSO&C’s Explore Music! program. Explore Music! assists in sharing symphonic music with as many people as possible and in cultivating a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts. The Symphony’s annual family concert has evolved from a one-day event to the culmination of ongoing outreach efforts to schools and after school sites to inspire children to learn through classical music.

Through grants from the Sample Foundation and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the BSO&C will also send musicians to 15 area schools and to several locations of the Boys & Girls Club of Yellowstone County for a musical assembly based on the Peter and the Wolf production.

As part of the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sydney E. Frank Foundation, the BSO&C and the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts will present Peter and the Wolf in Red Lodge, performing for 14 schools in Carbon and Stillwater Counties.

Anyone with specific accessibility needs for the Peter and the Wolf production at the Alberta Bair Theater is encouraged to call Candy Holzer, BSO&C Education Director, at 252-3610 at least seven days prior to the concert date with what is required.

This year’s family concert is generously sponsored by the Billings Gazette, Stillwater Mining, and EBMS.

Additional support for Explore Music! comes from the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Ossie Abrams & David Orser, Diane Boyer Jerhoff, Candace Boyer (In Honor of the Kirk Family: Eloise, John, Janny, & David), the Sample Foundation, the Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Montana Arts Council, Wells Fargo, and Wendy’s of Montana. The Oakland Companies proudly sponsor the Billings Symphony’s 2014-15 season.

For more information about the BSO&C’s annual family concert or any of the community engagement activities related to the concert, call the BSO&C office at (406) 252-3610 or visit www.billingssymphony.org.

To purchase tickets to Peter and the Wolf, call the ABT box office at 256-6052 or go online to www.albertabairtheater.org. Tickets for the concert are $6 and seating is general admission.