Artis—Naples is bringing the story of Peter and The Wolf to stage on April 25. The family-friendly concert by the Naples Philharmonic brings Sergei Prokofiev’s classic story to life, complete with personified instruments representing Peter and his animal friends: the duck represented by the oboe, the flute representing the bird, and the clarinet embodying the mischievous cat. Peter, the string section, becomes an unlikely hero, saving his small village and his cadre of animal friends, by outfoxing the skulking wolf—French horns. As a final act of compassion, Peter implores his grandfather (bassoon) and hunters (woodwinds, timpani, and drum) to spare the wolf’s life, parading the wolf to the zoo.
The Naples Philharmonic French horn section representing the wolf.
Before the concert, guests can “meet” the animal stars of the show. Join the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, who will bring a red tailed hawk (the bird); the mischievous cat, brought by the Humane Society of Naples; the duck, brought by Mud Fairy Studios; and the wolf, accompanied by the Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Prior to the concert, the animal ambassadors will take the stage to give the audience a face to the musical theme.
- The Naples Philharmonic will perform Peter and the Wolf on April 25 at 3 p.m. in Artis—Naples’ Hayes Hall. Admission costs $15. For more information, visit artisnaples.org/.
Yaniv Segal, conductor
- Ludwig van Beethoven — The Creatures of Prometheus Overture
- Georges Bizet — from Petite Suite, Op. 22 (Jeux d’enfants)
- Claude Debussy — from Children’s Corner Suite
- Stanley Schachter — from Five-Six-Seven-Eight
- Leopald Mozart — from Toy Symphony
- Sergei Prokofiev — Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67