Timeless tale to be told in Townsville

Date published: 29 September 2017

It’s a story of adventure and enchantment, and one that has been performed thousands of times around the world – and after 81 years, Prokofiev’s brilliant Peter and the Wolf is among the most loved musical tales of all time.

On Wednesday, October 4 at the Townsville Civic Theatre, members of Queensland Symphony Orchestra will bring this story to life for audiences young and old.

Composed by Russian Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, Peter and the Wolf is a wonderful musical adventure, originally composed to cultivate musical tastes in children from the first years of school. That it had done, in spades!

Eighty-one years on, this iconic tale still lives on in the hearts of children young and old, capturing imaginations and delighting as the courageous Peter and his animal friends outwit a wily wolf.

The true heroes who bring life to the tale are the musical instruments, with the strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion each signifying different characters in the story. Scored with Bird as flute, Cat as clarinet, Duck as oboe, Grandfather as bassoon, the hunters as woodwind and trumpet, Wolf as French horns and Peter as string instruments, the score is magical, and was always written to be also narrated.

That narration comes from stage powerhouse, Jason Klarwein.

“I remember listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child and how vivid the music was,” he said.

“I really thrilled and excited that so many children will get to experience this wonderful experience first-hand with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and what a privilege it is to narrate this timeless tale.”

Narration by Jason Klarwein
Starring Flute (Bird), Clarinet (Cat), Oboe (Duck), Bassoon (Grandfather), Woodwind and Trumpet (the hunters), French horn (the wolf) and Strings (Peter)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Peter and the Wolf

  • Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 10am and 11.15am
  • Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Tickets: $15 adults/children, $13.50 Ticketshop members, $12 each for groups of 10+

For tickets visit ticketshop.com.au or phone 4727 9797.