Program Notes--Young at Heart

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953): Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” represents a very bright spot in a very dark world. Prokofiev had left the Soviet Union shortly after the Revolution and worked in Europe and the United States until he moved back to Moscow in 1936. This was during the height of the Stalinist years when the Party was in control of all aspects of Soviet life, including arts and culture. On his return home, Prokofiev began to work on “Peter and the Wolf” in collaboration with Natalia Satz, Director of the Moscow Children’s Musical Theatre. Prokofiev along with his wife and two young sons, had attended many concerts there. In preparation for the w

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