Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved children’s classic will surf, swing, twist, and turn across L.A.’s musical landscape. Join us for every show to experience exclusive variations on this musical masterpiece such as Classical, Jazz, Surf Rock, and one narrated in Spanglish!
Come early to craft and create with the entire family! 30 minutes prior to each performance there will be a variety of activities for children to enjoy including wolf mask-making, wand creating, face painting, and reading with First 5 L.A.’s very own Potter the Otter! These activities are supported by our partners First 5 L.A. and Glendale Arts.
With musical instruments playing the roles of Peter, his animal friends, his grandfather, the hunters, and the wolf, this classic chamber telling of Sergei Prokofiev’s famed symphony of courage and resourcefulness is narrated by Nobuko Miyamoto with musical direction from Tylana Renga.
Pre-show activity: Wolf masks and reading with Potter the Otter
The forest comes alive with a big band fueled by electro-funk and spiritual-jazz. Led by Todd Simon and narrated by Black Shakespeare.
Pre-show activity: Make your own harmonica, drawing with Glendale Arts, and Special reading with Jill Simonian, The Fab Mom.
The hunt is happenin’! With indie music sounds and whimsical imagination, Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band deliver Prokofiev’s children’s classic through California Pop with a surf rock twist. This catchy tale of courage celebrates grrrr(l) power with L.A. style, an exciting event for families and friends.
Pre-show activity: Make & shake egg maracas
While a Latin interpretation of a Russian children’s story may seem an unlikely pairing, we at Grand Performances know that music speaks to everyone, as long as you’re present to hear it. Narrated in Spanglish, by Fernanda Kelly and performed by ¡Aparato! this cross-cultural take on Prokofiev’s symphonic tale plays with the impact of musical and spoken language.
Pre-show activity: Wand making and face painting!
P.S. If you’re hungry, stop by our neighbors at Pez Cantina for a special brunch discount when you mention “Grand Performances” – KIDS EAT FREE! Reservations recommended.
Thank you to our supporters who helped make this family series accessible to all.
Additional support in part by Director’s Council Member Brenda Miyamoto
About First 5 LA
First 5 LA is a leading early childhood advocate working collaboratively across L.A. County. First 5 LA, in partnership with others (like Grand Performances), strengthens families, communities, and systems of services and supports so all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. Providing a fun way to stimulate brain development in young children First 5 LA is proud to sponsor the Grand Performances Children’s concerts!
More info on First 5 L.A. here