A folk tale, a fairy tale, a glimpse of Shakespearean romance, and Haydn’s Farewell will be told by music at the Red Cedar Symphony’s fall concerts on November 3 and 4. The concert’s centerpiece, the beloved Peter and the Wolf, will be narrated by Wisconsin Public Radio producer and host Al Ross.  Based on a Russian folk tale, the piece was written by composer Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra by having various instruments voice the different characters, both animal and human. It has been delighting children and adults ever since.

The concerts will also feature the Prelude to Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck, a piece often associated with the coming holiday season, as well as the moody Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and, lastly, Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, with its surprise ending.

Concerts will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, November 3 at Chetek Lutheran Church at 1419 Second Street in Chetek, and at 4 pm on Sunday, November 4, at Bethany Lutheran Church at 35 West Messenger Street in Rice Lake. Tickets are $15, with those 21 and under admitted free. This concert will have a special appeal for children and young adults, so please bring them along!  

Established in 1983 and housed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, the RCS draws classical musicians from throughout northwestern Wisconsin, including Rice Lake, Osseo, Cumberland, Ladysmith, Spooner, Chetek, Gordon, Trego, Springbrook, Bruce, Hayward, Cable, Winter, Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Foster. For more information, please visit our web site at www.RedCedarSymphony.org.

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