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Trinity Alps Chamber Players to bring their family-friendly program to SF

Last summer the third season of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival included two performances of a special Kids and Family Concert that introduced a special arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” This version was scored for five string instruments and five winds by Stephen Kahn. At the beginning of next month, the Trinity Alps Chamber Players will tour this family-friendly presentation, bringing it to San Francisco on the first Sunday in April. While I have already observed that there are several options for this date, those interested in planning for the entire family may wish to consider this one.

The Trinit Alps Chamber Players in costume for their family-friendly program
courtesy of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival

Kahn’s version maintains almost all of the representations of characters by solo instruments in the original Prokofiev score, but there are two significant differences. The first is that Peter himself will be portrayed by a solo violin (Petr Masek), rather than a full violin section. Similarly, the wolf will be represented by a single horn (Wayne Van Lieu). The remaining “roles” will be taken by the following soloists:

  • Bird: Gina Gulyas on flute
  • Duck: Denis Harper on oboe
  • Cat: Darla Avila on clarinet
  • Grandfather: Seth Goldman on bassoon

Violinist Ellen McGehee, violist Paula Karolak, cellist Juan Mejia, and bass Jacob Johnson will cover for the rest of the “orchestra.” Ian Scarfe, founder of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, will narrate from the piano.

This chamber setting will be performed in San Francisco at Calvary Presbyterian Church, located at 2515 Fillmore Street on the northwest corner of Jackson Street. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. However, donations will be highly appreciated, which will benefit the funding of the fourth season of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival this coming June.