Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra April 5 concert features music of Russia

The Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra will present its spring concert, “Russian Reflections,” Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School auditorium.

Director Adam Tervola Hultberg has put together a unique musical potpourri for the first half of the concert. “We will be performing some very recognizable Russian folk melodies as well as a couple of classic symphonic works that have become cornerstones of classical music repertory the world over. Each piece presents a different perspective of some of Russia’s most powerful composers and exemplifies the Russian nationalistic compositional style using tuneful melodies supported by dark, sonorous harmony,” he said.

The second half of the program will feature the programmatic classic, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, with guest narrator Bill Satre. Each character in this tale becomes synonymous with a solo instrument from the orchestra. The boy named Peter is represented by the violins; the bird by the flute; the cat by the clarinet; the angry grandfather by the bassoon. And it takes three French horns in dramatic harmonies to represent the fierce wolf. The art form is called “programmatic music” because all of the parts work together to tell a story.

“This children’s classic is especially effective in teaching musical principles to young people. In fact, we hope to see a lot of children in the audience, and to that end, we’ve decided to admit all children under the age of 12 for free,” said Hultberg.

For more information visit www.thelpco.org.