It’s a beautiful morning in the meadow when the strings meet a flute, an oboe, and a clarinet. But after Grandfather Bassoon dampens the mood with his strict warning about the French horns, it takes a combination of strings and timpani drums to (mostly) save the day.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because the instruments and their specific themes represent the characters in Sergei Prokofiev’s narrated symphony, “Peter and the Wolf,” a multi-generational family favorite.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, 2016, and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, the talented students of Dance Theatre of Santa Fe will present “Peter and the Wolf” in a full-length ballet theatre production at the Fine Arts Hall on the Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83 Street, Gainesville. Members of the Gainesville Orchestra will be on hand to demonstrate the instruments. In the lobby after the performances, there will be an opportunity to meet the characters and for children to do coloring and other activities.
The ballet will be performed by students who have received Fine Arts Department scholarships; Brooke Allen, Jeremy Cutter, Christina Karafa, Matthew Oliveira, Jonah Shearer, Danyel Smith, and Emma Wedemeyer.
Choreographed by Fine Arts Department Chairperson Alora Haynes, “Peter and the Wolf” is set to a 1978 recording by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy and narrated by David Bowie. Bowie described his work on the project as a Christmas present for his son, Duncan Jones, who was then seven years old.
“The performance is an homage to David Bowie, as brilliant an actor and entertainer as he was a musician and visionary,” Haynes explained.
Tickets are $15 main floor and $12 balcony for adults; $9 for seniors, children and University of Florida students; and free for Santa Fe College faculty, staff and students with college identification cards. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 352-395-4181 or visit the Fine Arts ticket website at:
“Peter and the Wolf” is sponsored in part by SF College and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and Visit Gainesville, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.
For more information about “Peter and the Wolf,” call Raul Villarreal in the SF Cultural Programs Office, 352-395-5355.