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Weekend Pass

Beware the horns

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will perform 'Peter and the Wolf' during a free concert at Evergreen Theater this weekend

Northwest Guardian

Published: 11:29AM January 17th, 2013

In partnership with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will perform a free family concert Saturday at Evergreen Theater on 2nd Division Drive, Lewis Main.

“We are deeply appreciative and honored to have the invitation,” said Tacoma Symphony Orchestra executive director Andy Buelow.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a hands-on musical instrument “petting zoo,” providing children the opportunity to handle and try out an array of instruments like trombones and violins. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

“I always tell parents not to worry — we’ll bring plenty of disinfectant spray,” Buelow said.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. and features “Peter and the Wolf,” a symphony by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Written in 1936, the story follows a boy’s adventures with his animal friends, including a wolf.

Characters in the story are represented by musical instruments (Peter-strings, Wolf-horns). The musical story is narrated and lasts about 50 minutes.

The concert marks the first time the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will have performed at JBLM, Buelow said. The symphony made its connection to the installation when a former board member with military ties suggested performing for service members and their families. Buelow hopes to make it a regular occasion.

“We’re really excited about it,” he said.

Introducing music to children is also a significant goal of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Buelow said. “It’s an increasing part of our mission,” he said. “A key part of our strategic plan is to be an organization that fully serves all ages and not just adults.”

Since 1946, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra has been a part of the city’s arts and culture scene. Its more than 80 musicians offer instrumental, choral and educational concerts and conduct master classes and school assembly appearances.