2007-10-04 / News

'Peter' and 'Apprentice' coming to Prout stage

For the first time in recent memory, a full classical music presentation of "Peter and The Wolf" will be staged in South County for the entertainment of both children and adults.

Newport Virtuosi, the newly formed classical chamber group headed by Slava Timokhin, will present the 1936 Sergei Prokofiev composition in its entirety on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Prout School auditorium, at 4640 Tower Hill Rd. in Wakefield.

Also on the program will be a dance interpretation of another revered classical composition, "Sorcerer's Apprentice," directed by Prout School Performing Arts and Dance instructor Olga Timokhin.

"Peter and the Wolf" was written and scored by Prokofiev after his return to the Soviet Union from Europe. It is a children's story for the ages, scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horns, timpani, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, castanets, drums, and strings, and spoken by a narrator accompanied by the orchestra.

"Sorcerer's Apprentice" was written as a symphonic poem in 1897 by Paul Dukas, who was inspired by a ballad of the same name by German writer, Goethe, 100 years earlier. It tells the story of an old sorcerer who leaves his young apprentice with tasks to perform in the workshop. The novice quickly misuses his master's magical capabilities, and chaos ensues, ending only when the sorcerer returns to quell the disturbance. The Prout School team will use the medium of dance to interpret this fascinating work.

For more information about these performances or Newport Virtuosi, call 212-0509 or email Timokhin at timokhin@verizon.net.

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