This Saturday, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Scott Seaton, presents its annual "Family Concert" at 7:30 p.m. The main treat this year is "Peter and the Wolf" narrated by Eric Furuseth.
"I've known this work forever," Furuseth said. "I grew up with it as a kid. It tells the story with different instruments representing different characters."
Composer Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned to write a new musical symphony for children in 1936. He wrote both the narration and music, creating a story based on his native Ukrainian folk themes, and completing the beloved piece in just four days.
"It's a great introduction to classical music," Furuseth said. Furthering its educational bent, the MSO's website (www.minotstateu.edu/symphony) includes study guides for teachers and a "listening guide" for all.
Performing with the MSO is the prize for the annual competition among high school musicians, won this year by Erik Michael Anderson, son of MSO first cellist Erik Anderson. The judges were members of the Minot State University's music faculty DeVera Bowles, Devin Otto and Seaton.
"It's difficult to choose between the technically proficient and the most musical," Seaton said of the dozen contestants. "That's often not found in the same person."
Erik Michael Anderson will be performing "The Saxophone Concerto in E flat," by Alexander Glazunov.
"This is the number he played for the competition," Seaton noted. He will also accompany his father for the pre-concert lecture as featured performer.
The evening is rounded off with a variety of shorter pieces.
"Something for everyone," said Seaton. "The theme from 'Spider-Man,' something from 'Swan Lake' and 'Aida.' Not a medley, just a variety."
Symphony patrons are invited to begin the evening with the Andersons for the lecture, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 6:30 p.m. This presentation includes an inside look at the symphony program for that evening, and what to listen for during the performance. Admission is free.
The prices for the concert vary according to seat selection and age, and reservations are recommended but not necessary. For more information and reservations, call 858-4228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.