What do you get when you mix a boy, a duck, a cat, a wolf — and an orchestra? You get Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s beloved symphonic fairytale that uses the playful story of a wolf on the prowl to introduce young listeners to the instruments of the orchestra. Entertaining actor and comedian Janae Burris narrates this timeless tale. The 2023 Festival Family Concert, conducted by Kalena Bovell and featuring soprano Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, also includes an upbeat suite from Bizet’s Carmen, Eric Whitacre’s musical setting of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s festive overture celebrating his African culture, Danse Nègre.
Tickets are required for adults and children occupying their own seats; children under 2 (lap-sitting) may attend without an additional ticket.
Kalena Bovell, conductor
Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, soprano
Janae Burris, narrator
Georges Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1 for orchestra
Eric Whitacre, Goodnight Moon (2011)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, “Danse Nègre” from African Suite, Op. 35, No. 4
Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
Bonus Event: Suzuki Play-In
9:30-10:15 am: Suzuki Play-In on the lawn outside of Chautauqua Auditorium (free to attend)
The Center for Musical Arts’ 2023 Suzuki Play-In, organized by Emily Bowman with area Suzuki string players and teachers, is a welcoming and memorable opportunity for Suzuki cellists, violists, and violinists of all ages and abilities to create music and celebrate community. The Suzuki Play-In is open to the public and takes place just prior to the Colorado Music Festival Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf.