MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will present a “Young People’s” classical music concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, according to a press release from Andrew Fishman of the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs.

The concert will be performed by the Maplewood Camerata, a 15-member ensemble of local musicians, and will includes two enduring favorites for young audiences, Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev and Carnival of the Animals by Camille St. Saëns. Boasting whimsical orchestrations and humorous narration, both pieces are renowned for making classical music fun and accessible for children and adults, shared Fishman.

Peter and the Wolf is a symphonic fairy tale in which each character of the fabled story is represented by an instrument. The duck for example will be played by the oboe. The cat by the clarinet, the wolf by the French horns and Peter by the Strings.

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Carnival of the Animals has been described as a musical trip to the zoo filled with an uncle's bad jokes and puns. “Tortoises- Come crown my brow with leaves of myrtle, I know the tortoise is a turtle,” and “The Cuckoo- Cuckoos lead bohemian lives, they fail as husbands and as wives."

Narration for both Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals will be provided by a roster of local notables shared Fishman, "including Mayor Victor DeLuca, rising star Gregory Osborne, Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and the multi-talented Danielle Perrotta."

Leo Grinhauz, a cellist and Maplewood resident, has worked closely with the Office of Cultural Affairs to put this performance and the entire Classic Maplewood concert series together, stated the release from Fishman.

The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Great Hall at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd., Maplewood), and is free and open to the public.

This program runs about 6​5 minutes including intermission, and is suited to both adults and children.

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