The Friends of the Symphony Presents:
Peter and the Wolf

A Virtual On-Demand Educational Concert
for the Young and Young at Heart

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The Friends of the Symphony presents Musical Zoo 2021, a free on-demand virtual concert from Monday, April 5 through Wednesday, May 27, 2021, available at  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Musical Zoo event is an “animal of a different stripe.”  The pre-recorded concert features the Fort Collins Symphony under the baton of Maestro Wes Kenney, narrator Scott Wheeler, and dancers from Canyon Concert Ballet performing composer Sergei Prokofiev’s popular children’s musical tale, Peter and the Wolf.  A children’s program booklet and interactive guide is also available for download here.

Steve Roberts with Crescent Sun Pictures pre-recorded this on-demand concert at Timberline Church where musicians and dancers were masked and socially distanced. The 28-minute performance features the classic symphonic folk tale written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. In 1936, he was commissioned to write a musical story for children. The intent was to introduce children to individual instruments in the orchestra. As a narrator tells the story, the orchestra highlights the characters with musical themes by using four specific instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

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The Musical Zoo is the Friends of the Symphony’s signature community education program. In non-pandemic years, this event features activities designed for the young and young-at-heart to learn about music, especially traditional symphonic instruments and non-orchestral instruments from around the world.  Activities include a hands-on instrumental “petting zoo,” instrumental and choral performances by students and community ensembles, and a grand finale performance by the Fort Collins Symphony with dancers from Canyon Concert Ballet.

Musical Zoo 2021 is supported by generous grants and sponsorships from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Friends of the Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Canyon Concert Ballet, and an anonymous donor.

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