The Vacaville Museum is pleased to present a live piano performance of the symphonic fairytale “Peter and the Wolf,” accompanied by dramatic storytelling, featuring local pianist Karine Vann performing this work on piano.
The music and story for “Peter and the Wolf” are a work of program music, composed and written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, as a way of creatively exposing young children to the sounds of an orchestra. The evocative music that makes up “Peter and the Wolf” has captivated generations of children, and is today the composer’s most well-known work. Though originally written for orchestra, few realize Prokofiev—a phenomenal piano player himself—also created an arrangement for the piano that showcases the many capabilities of the instrument to children. Come discover the power of great music to fuel children’s imaginations through this beloved tale, and hear the storied melodies of Peter, his woodland friends, and of course, the treacherous wolf. The performance will also include a hands-on art project! Tickets are $25 PER FAMILY—everyone in the family gets included in the ticket! You can purchase tickets online here, over the phone at 707-447-4513 or in person at the Museum during normal operating hours!
Karine Vann is a music teacher, writer, and mother based in Napa. She is a graduate of IU’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied classical piano with Reiko Neriki. She later studied jazz theory and improv with DC-area jazz virtuoso Wade Beach. She obtained her master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Oxford. Inspired by the Waldorf method, she is excited about combining storytelling and music as a means of sparking young imaginations. Karine teaches piano out of her home studio based in Napa, where she lives with her husband and young son (with another on the way).
Vahe Markosian is an architect and co-conspirator in his wife’s musical undertakings. As a speaker of Russian language who was born in the Soviet Union before immigrating to the United States as a child, he has a special affinity for Soviet music composed for children, of which Peter and the Wolf is a wonderful example.