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Peter and the Wolf - Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Roll Up, roll up - to hear elephants, wolves, ducks & cats

The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra are once again presenting a family-friendly concert, featuring the classic children's tale "Peter and the Wolf" set to the music of Prokofiev. A favourite for generations of concertgoers, this work, narrated by Queensland Opera's Jason Barry Smith, is a must-see for children of all ages. The tale of Peter adventuring into the woods where he comes across a duck, a bird, a cat and the wolf uses the instruments of the orchestra to represent the characters.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
All of the instruments of the orchestra will be showcased, including the harp

This work will be teamed with a composition by one of Brisbane's own composers, Sean O'Boyle. "Say Hello to the Orchestra", is a delightful collection of short pieces showcasing each of the orchestral instruments. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to hear some of the more unfamiliar instruments, like the Contra-Bassoon, Bass Clarinet and a variety of percussion instruments in solo roles, as well as the more traditional instruments of the orchestra.

Antoni Bonetti Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Antoni Bonetti will lead the orchestra through their paces

The concert starts with an unusual work of Stravinsky's, the "Circus Polka". The work was composed in 1942 for a ballet production that the choreographer George Balanchine did for the Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was asked to write a piece in which elephants and ballerinas danced together. The ballet was actually performed by fifty elephants and fifty ballerinas, and when listening to the music it is easy to hear the heavy music of the elephants contrasting with the lighter steps of the ballerinas.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Children can join in with the full orchestra playing

Children will also have a chance to join in the fun as the orchestra performs "The Entry of the Gladiators" by Fucik. Utilising their best toy soldier impressions, they are invited to march around the auditorium while conducting - they may even get an opportunity to conduct the orchestra themselves!

The concert will take place in the Draney Theatre at Marist College in Ashgrove and will start at 3pm. Be sure to arrive early to find a carpark and enter via the bridge off Glenlyon Drive. Tickets for the concert are available by visiting the 4MBS Website or by calling 3847 1717. Prices are $35 for adults, $30 concessions and $10 for children aged 3-17 years.
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Why? A symphony orchestra concert programmed especially for kids.
When: 3pm
Phone: 3847 1717
Where: Draney Theatre, Marist College, Ashgrove.
Cost: $35 Adults, $30 Concessions, $10 Children
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