Newberg Community Band to perform 'Peter and the Wolf'
The audience will know the sound of Peter by the strings. The wolf by the French horns. And the blast of the hunter's shotguns by the kettle drums.
And once the audience is comfortably sitting, that's when the Newberg Community Band will begin.
For their annual Children's Concert, the group will be performing "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic children's story written by Serei Prokofiev in 1936. It tells the story of a young boy named Peter who lives with his grandfather and goes out to the meadow where he eventually encounters a wolf when he goes off hunting.
Band member Marilyn Godfrey said for this annual concert, they try to play music that's lighter for children to enjoy. To accompany "Peter and the Wolf," the band will perform a medley of music from "Star Wars," songs from Disney's "The Incredibles," from "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Magnificent Seven." There will be other lesser known songs which Godfrey said featured lovely pieces.
To begin the show, she said the band will introduce the character with their accompanying instrument. Each character in the story is identified by a distinct sound. She said the show will also be narrated by Wally Walton.
"It's an old, standard one," she said of the story.
She said the director Dick Elliot usually lets the children come up and try their hand at conducting as well for one of the tunes.
Godfrey said this annual concert is always well attended. This year the show is at 2:30 p.m. on March 10 in the Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University.
"It's a nice thing for a small town like Newberg to have," she said.
The Newberg Community Band was founded in 2000, and features members of all age ranges. Godfrey said the band usually has high school students, college students, people working and retired community members.
"We have about 50 members," she said, which encompasses "every instrument from a piccolo to a tuba. It's a very complete band."