Marin Alsop conducts Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel

Britten-Pears Orchestra

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Genevieve and Rebecca Helsby — Texts

Britten–Pears Orchestra

Marin Alsop — Conductor, narrator

Program notes

A concert for the young (and young at heart) conducted by the great Marin Alsop! The evening begins with Prokofiev’s unforgettable musical fairytale Peter and the Wolf, an exciting opportunity for children to discover some of the many different instruments that make up the orchestra. Next comes The Carnival of the Animals, a “grand zoological fantasy” where Saint-Saëns parodies other composers through music: Offenbach in “Tortoises”, Berlioz in “The Elephant”, Rameau in “Hens and Roosters”, and Rossini in “Fossils”! The concert finishes with Ravel’s Mother Goose, which brings to life the fantastical world of childhood stories and dreams.

Marin Alsop's formidable talent has won her worldwide renown and an unshakeable place in the traditionally male-dominated milieu of classical music conductors. Also an eminent violinist, she is currently—among other titles and honors—music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Vienna RSO.

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