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For decades, in elementary school music classrooms across the country and the world, children learn about the instruments of the orchestra through Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. As a narrator tells the tale of a young boy, Peter, who captures a menacing wolf with the help of his animal friends, the orchestra illustrates the characters and events through music – with the flute as the bird, the oboe as the duck, the clarinet as the cat, the bassoon as Peter’s grandfather, the French horns as the wolf, the trumpets as the hunters, and the strings as Peter.

The North Carolina Symphony invites families in Raleigh and New Bern to experience this “symphonic fairy tale for children” together at a Young People’s Concert featuring the Triangle Youth Ballet. Performances take place in Raleigh and New Bern on October 28 and 29. With colorful costumes and vivid dance, Prokofiev’s charming music and story about bravery and friendship will capture children’s imaginations.

In fact, kids and adults are encouraged to show off costumes of their own at this Halloween-weekend show, which also includes Halloween-themed music such as Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain and Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette. The fun-filled concert will conclude with a costume parade and contest for the audience – and many NCS musicians are sure to be in costume, as well!

Beginning an hour before show-time, children are invited to take part in pre-concert activities, including face-painting and the Symphony’s Instrument Zoo, which gives kids the opportunity to try out instruments of the orchestra for themselves.

In Raleigh, Peter & the Wolf is the Symphony’s first of three Young People’s Concerts this season; later concerts include Heroes & Villains! in January, featuring theme music that has been used to represent “the best and the baddest,” and The Firebird in April, with a mystical tale told through puppetry, shadow play, and magic. A discounted three-concert subscription package is available for this Raleigh series.

The North Carolina Symphony expresses our appreciation to the Raleigh Young People’s Concert Series Sponsor WakeMed Children’s for their generous support.

North Carolina Symphony
Young People’s Concert: Peter & the Wolf

Saturday, October 28 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 pm
Riverfront Convention Center, New Bern

North Carolina Symphony
David Glover, conductor

Raleigh: $26
New Bern: $20

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About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Its 180 concerts and 120 community engagement events annually are greeted with enthusiasm by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties – in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The Symphony’s full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.

NCS’s state headquarters venue is the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The Symphony’s service across the state includes series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, as well as the Summerfest series at its summer home, the outdoor Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. NCS brings some of the world’s greatest talents to North Carolina and embraces home-state artists from classical musicians to bluegrass bands, creating live music experiences distinctive to North Carolina.

Committed to engaging students of all ages across North Carolina, NCS leads the most extensive education program of any symphony orchestra – serving nearly 70,000 students each year. In alignment with the curriculum set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Symphony provides training and resources for teachers, sends small ensembles into classrooms, and presents full-orchestra Education Concerts that bring the fundamentals of music to life. Music Discovery for preschoolers combines music with storytelling, and at the middle and high school levels, students have opportunities to work directly with NCS artists and perform for NCS audiences.

NCS is dedicated to giving voice to new art, and has presented 47 U.S. or world premieres in its history. In March 2017, NCS appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as one of four orchestras chosen for the inaugural year of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras – an honor that recognized the Symphony’s creative programming and innovative community partnerships.

The first state-supported symphony in the country, NCS performs under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. To learn more, visit