Vassar College’s Mahagonny Ensemble is performing Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic narrative piece, for their winter concert.
The concert will be held on Saturday, December 13, 4 pm in Skinner Hall’s Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall. This performance is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.
Mahagonny is comprised entirely of Vassar student players and is led by senior Sam Plotkin. This performance will also feature the Mahagonny Choir performing a collection of contemporary works by Gjeilo, Takach, Beibl and student composers. The choir director is senior Julia Boscov-Ellen.
Peter and the Wolf has an interesting history of using a symphony to educate. Prokofiev was commissioned by the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow in 1936 to write a symphony for children and the intention of the piece was to help introduce classical music to children in a fun way that highlights the differences between instruments.
“Our performance will keep true to Prokofiev’s original goal,” says Plotkin, who will serve as conductor for the show. “It really wouldn't be Peter and the Wolf without kids in the audience hearing those melodies and thinking, ‘Wow, my grandpa totally sounds like that!’ or, ‘That oboe really sounds like a duck!’”
About the Mahagonny Ensemble
The Mahagonny Ensemble, founded in 2000 with a performance of the Kurt Weill operetta, Mahagonny Songspiel, is a completely student-run musical ensemble dedicated to promoting the creativity of instrumentalists, singers, and composers interested in performing and writing contemporary classical music. The group’s goal is to give a voice to unique works from the last 100 years that may otherwise not be heard at Vassar. The Ensemble rehearses regularly during the academic year, leading to one public concert each semester presented under the auspices of the Vassar College Music Department. The ensemble also commissions works from alumni, and holds a student composer competition each year to premier new works by current students.
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