Works & Process, the Performing-Arts Series at the Guggenheim presents Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s classic Peter & the Wolf. Isaac Mizrahi conceived, directs, designs, and narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic as Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart.
In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned to write a light-hearted piece for children that would introduce the instruments and sounds of the orchestra. He was given a libretto, but he didn’t like it, so he came up with a new story. The music was completed in a week. Peter & the Wolf was the result, and it is a work still loved by children and adults. The story tells how Peter, against his grandfather’s will, opens the park gate, ventures into the big green meadow, and ultimately manages to liberate the City from the scary wolf. Peter captures the wolf with the help of a bird, his friend, and hands him over to the hunter, with a specific request: to take the wolf to the zoo. Each character in the story is represented by an instrument. The narrator reads the story between the musical sections.
Each character in the story is represented by an instrument: Peter – strings, Grandfather – bassoon, Duck – oboe, Hunter – timpani, Bird – flute, Cat – clarinet and Wolf – french horn
Photos: Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi. All Photographs: © 2016 Richard Termine, courtesy: Works & Process at the Guggenheim.