West Coast Chamber Music has produced various children's concerts over its 28 year history, in addition to its regular series of classical music concerts. The children's shows combine classical music with storytelling, theatre and dance as a way to make classical music more accessible, relevant and fun for young audiences. Throughout the years, West Coast Chamber Music has presented their concerts at their home venue, various community venues and numerous elementary schools in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. Their current show is the well-known Peter and the Wolf by classical composer Sergei Prokofiev.
That was wonderful. I can't believe how engaged the kids were for the entire time, and we have at least 30 student behavioral problems in the school! Lori Burley, Principal, Tillicum Elementary School, Victoria
It was very good for the children to see the dramatic effect of music with a nice mix of words and drama ...loved the live music...narrator had a strong, clear voice...animal costumes were fun! Charles Dickens Elementary school Teachers, Vancouver
The students were very engaged throughout the entire performance....They loved it....Perfect duration and easy to follow.... Great miming! ...Fantastic musicians! ...Amazing! Doncaster Elementary School teachers, Victoria
Grade Suitability: K - 6
Duration: 45 mins.
Tech Requirements: sturdy table, 5 chairs, one standing mic, piano (if available)
Fee Range: $695 - $995 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
West Coast Chamber Music presents Peter and the Wolf, a world famous musical folk tale by the classical composer Sergei Prokofiev. The simple story is beautifully spoken by the narrator over live music and in silences between musical segments. The original orchestral score has been creatively arranged for piano and winds, while the narrator punctuates the action with percussion. The various characters of the story are musically depicted by the wind musician playing a variety of instruments: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and soprano saxophone. The storytelling is theatrically brought to the stage by the dancer. She uses exquisite masks and body puppets for each character and blends mime, pantomime and dance to bring the story to life and illuminate the music. With a little help from the audience, the result is a musically exciting, humorous and vivid portrayal of this timeless piece.