Sergei Prokofiev’s (Composer) 1936 classic lighthearted piece, which introduced the instruments and sounds of the orchestra for children, was just directed by Isaac Mizrahi in early December. Mizrahi gave the audience a special treat by also narrating the piece.
My daughter (9) and I followed the spiraled sidewalk below ground level of the Guggenheim and into the intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater. There we entered into an ethereal atmosphere of musical fable and theatrical whimsy.
Mizrahi introduced each character in the story that is represented by an instrument. Peter-strings: Duck – oboe: Hunter- timpani: Bird –flute: Grandfather-bassoon: Cat-clarinet and Wolf-French horn. With Brad Lubman leading the way as the conductor. This simple tale tells how Peter, against his grandfather’s will, ventures into a meadow and captures the wolf with the help of a bird, freeing the city of intimidation, while letting the hunter take the wolf to the zoo.
Peter’s (Macy Sullivan’s) boyish playful skips and poises coupled … Continue reading..