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 its annual Children's Concert, the group will perform "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 while hunting.
Band member Marilyn Godfrey said band is performing 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 the band will introduce the character with its accompanying instrument as each character in the story is identified by a distinct sound. The performance will be narrated by Wally Walton.
"It's an old, standard one," she said.
Director Dick Elliot usually lets the children come up and try their hand at conducting as well for one of the tunes, Godfrey said, adding that the annual concert is always well attended. This year the show begins at 2:30 p.m. 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, working people 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."