The Postmodern Camerata: Peter and the Wolfgang
Peter and the Wolfgang, the Postmodern Camerata (PMC) chamber ensembles third and final concert of the 2016-17 season, will take place at Dunbar Heights United Church, with two performances: Saturday June 4th at 7pm and Sunday June 5th at 5pm (note unusual start time). This family-friendly concert (we plan to have crèche facilities available for the Sunday afternoon performance) brings together two significant pieces of music: Sergei Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf (for chamber orchestra, with narration) and an abridged version of Mozarts comic opera Cosi fan tutte, which will be sung in Italian, but narrated in English.
Peter and the Wolf (1936) was composed as a childrens musical symphony after a direct request from the Central Childrens Theatre in Moscow, and was intended to develop musical tastes in children from the first years of school. Sergei Prokofiev (18911953) was very taken with this invitation and completed the piece in under a week, composing both the music and preparing the accompanying narration. As well as involving Peter and his grandfather, there is also a link between animal characters and instruments. For the grown-ups, there is additionally the strong suggestion made by certain musical reviewers that the piece covertly invokes a political allegory (in the run-up to the Second World War), with Peter being Russia and the wolf Nazi Germany, with other European countries (or possibly Soviet republics) also being animal characters. This work will last nearly 30 minutes.
Cosí fan tutte (1790) is a comic opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (17to a libretto in Italian prepared by Lorenzo da Ponte (who also wrote the text to Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro). In this concert version of the work (prepared specifically by PMC for these performances), there will also be an English narrator engaging the audience by recounting elements of the plot, as well as commenting on it, interspersed by various arias, duets and trios from the opera sung in the original Italian (with English translation available). A very strong, experienced and vocally elegant cast of six professional operatic singers will perform this work, in conjunction with PMC chamber instrumentalists and the narrator. This second work will take nearly one hour.
There will be one 20 minute intermission.
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Dunbar Heights United Church (View)
3525 24 Ave W
Vancouver, BC V6S 1L5
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