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Take an adventure with 'Peter and the Wolf'

By LARRY GIERER

Lisa Carter says what she loves most about "Peter and the Wolf" is the way it brings two art forms together.

"It's a wonderful introduction to the arts at any age," said the director of the Columbus State University Dance Conservatory and artistic director for the Columbus Ballet.

The Columbus Ballet is teaming with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to present the classic show at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus on Sunday.

Carter said 45 dancers will participate in the show.

And it is not the first time the Columbus Ballet has done "Peter and the Wolf" but it is the first time Carter has choreographed it for the company.

"It's a fun piece, which I know we have all enjoyed working on and the audience will enjoy also," Carter said.

The narrator is no stranger to area theatregoers. Carter said Ron Anderson, the former associate artistic director at the Springer Opera House and director of its theatre academy and children's theatre, makes the story easy to follow.

The story is about a boy named Peter, who lives in the forest with his grandfather. He escapes from an attacking wolf with the help of his animal friends.

The composition was written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in 1936.

Though there is a narrator, each character is represented by its own theme and a different instrument.

For example, the wolf is represented by French horns, the grandfather by a bassoon and Peter by string instruments.

Prokofiev wrote the music as a child's introduction to the orchestra.

The composer, also known for his "Romeo and Juliet" ballet, died in 1953. In 1957, he was posthumously awarded the Soviet Union's highest honor, the Lenin Prize, for his "Symphony No. 7."

IF YOU GO

What: "Peter and the Wolf"

When: Sunday at 6:30 p.m. There will be a special interactive activity in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Where: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway in Columbus

Cost: Adult tickets are $20 for orchestra level and $15 for the mezzanine level. $10 and $8 for children.

Purchase: The RiverCenter box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 706-256-3612. Visit www.rivercenter.org or www.csoga.org

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