KENNETT SQUARE – The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will present Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf as the centerpiece of its annual Free Children’s Concerts on Saturday, March 5, 2011, 2 p.m., at the International Cultural Center on the campus of Lincoln University and on Sunday, March 6, 2011, 2 p.m., at Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, Phillips Memorial Building, on the campus of West Chester University, under the direction of Music Director Mary Woodmansee Green.
Actor and raconteur Michael Boudewyns will narrate the children’s classic, which features members of the orchestra in the parts of Peter, his grandfather, the bird, duck, cat, hunters and, of course, the wolf.
Maestra Green will open the hour-long concert for children of all ages and their families, with short demonstrations of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, and a special appearance by violinist Philip E. Carter, seconnd-place Kennett Symphony 2010 Instrumental Competition Winner. Eighteen-year-old Carter is in the 12th grade and schooled at home. The son of Norman and Lori Carter of Bensalem, PA, he has studied violin for 9 years and is currently a private student of Lee Snyder at the Settlement Music School.
Boudewyns has become a guest artist with several symphony orchestras throughout the country with popular family concerts, presenting vaudeville-inspired performances of works such as Peter an the Wolf, The Story of Babar, Tubby the Tuba, and Green Eggs and Ham. His theatre credits include American Players Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Resident Ensemble Players (REP), Enchantment Theatre Company, First State Children’s Theater Company, and the Utah and Baltimore Shakespeare Festivals. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.
In addition to the concerts, immediately following each performance the Symphony will offer its popular Instrument Petting Zoo, in which children interact with the musicians and their instruments, Peter and the Wolf puzzles, activities, face painting and more!
The concerts are free for all ages, general admission— no ticket is required. For additional information, call (610) 444-6363 or visit www.kennettsymphony.org.
The free concerts are made possible by generous support from the 1675 Foundation and the Kennett Symphony League.