Study for This Date: Peter and the Wolf

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SPCS Children’s Concert and ArtStart Activities
Mount Zion Temple 1300 Summit Ave. Saint Paul MN 55105
Sunday, February 16, 2014; 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Free Family Event

This weekend ArtStart and Saint Paul Civic Symphony are coming together for a concert and art activities.  ArtStart’s art and dance activities run from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., with the concert starting at 3:00 p.m.

If you’ve read many of my articles, you have probably picked up on the fact that I like to prep for outings like this.  I find it easier to enjoy music I know and I find my kids can behave themselves longer when they are engaged.  Below I’ve compiled samples of the pieces that SPCS will be playing for this concert.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Souvenir de Porto Rico

Leonard Bernstein:  Danzon (from “Fancy Free”)

Bryan Donald-DeVoe Schumann is a local composer.  I was unable to find a video for his piece Bird Toy; but I’ve included the SoundCloud box for it below.  My kids really like this one.

Alberto Evaristo Ginastera: excerpts from “Estancia“. Note this is a long video. I will probably just play this during dinner rather than attempt to get my kids to sit and watch a 30 minute video of landscapes.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev:  Peter and the Wolf. The video below is an excerpt of a film I adore. It is currently streaming on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix and don’t want to pay $2.99 to view the whole video, there are other Peter and the Wolf videos available on YouTube.  I am also including, HERE, a link to the IMBD page for this film.  It can be a little scary and deals with bullying.  When I’ve watched this, it was only with the grade-schooler.  The preschoolers were in bed.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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