WAFB's Donna Britt to narrate Chamber Orchestra's 'Peter and the Wolf'
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HAMMOND – Television news anchor Donna Britt of Baton Rouge’s WAFB Channel 9 will narrate Prokofiev’s famous symphonic tale “Peter and the Wolf” as part of the Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert for families April 27.
The concert at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium is specially designed for families, said Director Yakov Voldman, head of the string program in Southeastern’s Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
“If you have been looking for the opportunity to introduce your children to enjoy the beauty and magic of classical music, this concert will be the perfect opportunity,” Voldman said.
He said the concert will begin at the “family friendly” time of 7 p.m. and will include Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” a favorite of music teachers and young children. The concert will feature piano solos by David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, and staff accompanist Raisa Voldman.
Although Britt is best known as a veteran of WAFB’s newsroom and anchor desk, she also has a background in music. She began working at the Baton Rouge station the day after she graduated from Louisiana State University where she majored in oboe and minored in piano and violin, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education. While attending college, she also worked full-time for WYNK FM radio, prompting WAFB to recruit her for its newsroom, where she has worked numerous local news beats.
Prokofiev wrote “Peter and the Wolf” in 1936, constructing the music as a child’s introduction to the orchestra, with each character in the story representing a different instrument or group of instruments -- Peter by the strings, his grandfather by the bassoon, the wolf by the horn section, the bird by the flute, the duck by the oboe, the cat by the clarinet, and the hunters by the percussion. “Peter and the Wolf” was an immediate success and has been loved by children all over the world. The music is sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults, and its moral — you can’t be a hero if you don’t take risks — has delighted generations of children.
Tickets for the Chamber Orchestra’s family concert are $5 general admission with Southeastern students, faculty and staff admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door.
For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.