Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents Peter and the Wolf

Mike Lawson • News • October 18, 2016

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The first family concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) 2016-17 season will spotlight the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO), featuring many of Boston’s most talented young musicians ranging in age from 10-18, in a performance of Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, October 29, at 12 noon.

The performance of Prokofiev’s youth-friendly classic will be led by BYSO associate conductor and artistic advisor Adrian Slywotzky. Mr. Slywotzky and the members of the BYSO will be joined by actor Christopher Tarjan, a native of Hopedale, MA, who has appeared in films such as “American Hustle” and “The Sea of Trees.” Mr. Tarjan will narrate the tale of Peter and his friends the cat, the bird, and the duck, who assist in the valiant boy’s pursuit of the hungry wolf. 

The BSO will provide a variety of pre-concert educational activities for young people from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., including an instrument playground, where children have a chance to try out a variety of musical instruments and a musically themed craft activity. Adult tickets cost $20 by visiting or by calling 888-266-1200. Tickets are free for children under age 18; children’s tickets can be ordered by calling 888-266-1200 or going to the BSO Box Office at Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115).

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will partner to present three more BSO family concerts during the 2016-17 season, each with an engaging theme to appeal to listeners of all ages. On Saturday, April 8, BSO Germeshausen youth and family concerts conductor Thomas Wilkins will lead the BSO  in a program entitled “Common Courtesy: Minding Our Musical Manners” which features the music of composers Bernstein, Prokofiev, Grieg, and Boston Pops laureate conductor John Williams. On Saturday, April 29, conductor Marta Zurad will lead the BYSO’s Young People’s String Orchestra with magician Matt Roberts in a program themed “Presto Change-O!”

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