Peter and the Wolf shows Saturday at SUNY Potsdam
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 6:18 am

Noah Landers, winner of the seventh annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition. Photo by Amanda Morrison.

POTSDAM -- The Orchestra of Northern New York will present the 20th century Russian fairy tale “Peter and the Wolf” Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam.

The performance will also feature pianist Noah Landers of Carthage Central School, the winner of the seventh annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition.

The family concert will begin with Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.”

“A dark and demonic symphonic fantasy inspired by two great works of Russian literature, this music screams and howls, scratches, whirls, and writhes,” said Jess Tyre, a professor at SUNY Potsdam.

This piece was chosen by Walt Disney for the animated film “Fantasia” in which evil spirits and restless souls dance and fly through the air until driven back to their graves by the sound of an Angelus bell as night fades into dawn.

Following “Night on Bald Mountain” the orchestra will accompany Landers in the first movement of Camille Saint- Saëns most popular Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor.

Following Landers’ performance, the orchestra will share John Williams’ Suite from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Following a brief intermission, the orchestra will present Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with narration by North Country Public Radio’s Todd Moe.

Commissioned by the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow in 1936, Prokofiev was to create a work that would develop “musical tastes in children from their first years at school,” said orchestra staffers.

Since it’s premiere, Peter and the Wolf has seen many adaptations and revised settings including the 1946 Disney cartoon by the same name. Most recently, in 2008, a British-Polish production won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 267-2277 or online at www.ONNY.org.

Tickets may also be purchased in Potsdam at Northern Music & Video or at the CPS Box Office at SUNY Potsdam.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students age 13 and older and free for children twelve and under.