CMF Festival Orchestra
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathétique”
For this all-orchestral program in the Russian Mini-Series, Maestro Christie has chosen two well-known and contrasting works.
In 1936 Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by Natalya Sats and the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow to write a new musical symphony for children. The intent was to cultivate “musical tastes in children from the first years of school.” Intrigued by the invitation, Prokofiev completed the composition in just four days. Peter and the Wolf , with all its friendly characters, has since become a favorite work for audiences of all ages.
Tchaikovsky premiered his final completed symphony, the Pathétique, just 9 days before he died. Known for its passion and emotional expression, rousing brass, lilting melodies and dark harmonies, this symphony’s second theme from the first movement has inspired three popular songs since the 1940s, including “(This Is) The Story of a Starry Night,” made famous by Glenn Miller.