West Coast Chamber Music has produced various children's concerts over its 25-year history, in addition to its regular series of classical concerts. The children's shows traditionally combine classical music with storytelling, theatre and dance as a way to make classical music more accessible, relevant and fun for young audiences. West Coast Chamber Music has presented at their home venue, community venues and elementary schools in the Lower Mainland. Peter and the Wolf is their current show.
There was a nice mix of words, music and drama. It was very good for the children to see the dramatic effect of music. Charles Dickens Elementary, Vancouver
The students were engaged and interested. The simplicity was great. Cook Elementary, Vancouver
The calibre of music performance was high, the drama enchanting. The children were captivated by the acting, the costumes, the live music and especially the experience of being able to see up close the instruments that were being played. I highly recommend this show. Music Specialist Teacher, Surrey School Board
Grade Suitability: K - 6
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 500 students
Tech Requirements: large table, 5 chairs, one standing mic, piano if available
Fee Range: $670 - $1000 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Peter and the Wolf, a musical folk tale by Prokofiev, is imaginatively recreated using piano, percussion and a variety of wind instruments: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and soprano saxophone. The storytelling is theatrically brought to life on stage via exquisite masks and body puppets, using a blend of mime, pantomime and dance. With a little help from the audience, the result is a musically exciting, humourous and vivid performance of this timeless piece.