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Mini Maestros: Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, April 28 | 2:30 pm

Sunday, April 28 | 2:30 pm

Sergei Prokofiev‘s Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living with his grandfather in a forest clearing, and the adventure he and his animal friends have when a wolf comes through the garden gate. Written as a child’s introduction to the orchestra, each character is represented by a different instrument or group of instruments and features the full orchestra and a narrator to bring to life this classic tale.

Mini Maestros is designed especially for children ages 2-8 and their families.

Come early for the instrument petting zoo at 1:30 pm!

 

Learn more about Peter and the Wolf in our Virtual Classroom!

 

Meet our Narrator!

Gabriel McPherson is a Seattle native who’s nearly three decades professional career in the performing arts runs the creative gamut. He holds a B.F.A. in Acting with additional disciplinary focus in music composition from The Theatre School, DePaul University. He is a proud member of no less than 7 professional unions including: Actors Equity Association, The American Federation of Musicians Local 47 – L.A., and S.A.G.-A.F.T.R.A.

 

As an Actor and musician, Gabriel has toured the country multiple times and played practically every major stage in the 48 contiguous states. He is a founding member of the Seattle based rock band “Doxology,” and has performed with such major music acts as The B-52’s, Snoop Dog, 311, Garbage, Wycliffe Jean, and many others. 

 

As a composer, Mr. McPherson has written and orchestrated original scores for over twenty theatrical productions and independent films including Mary Zimmerman’s Secret in the Wings and Metamorphoses Naomi Ozuki’s Anon(ymous), Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, and full length scores for a dozen productions of Shakespeare’s works including The Tempest and Romeo & Juliet. 

 

Gabriel has twice been commissioned by The Conservatory for Youth Theatre for which he, along with his brother Luke McPherson has written new musical adaptions of Dr. Doolittle and The Prince and the Pauper. He is also the recipient of the Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre, and is currently writing a new musical based on the final 2 books of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women trilogy. 

 

A prolific stage and music director, Mr. McPherson has helmed and/or conducted more than 50 major stage productions. He served as The Director of Drama & Technical Theatre at Bellarmine Preparatory School, and most recently held the position of Director of Theatrical Arts at Tacoma School of the Arts. He is also a Master Teaching Artist for Tacoma Arts Live, and served for ten seasons as Resident Stage and Music Director for The Broadway Center Conservatory Training Program.

 

He last appeared with Symphony Tacoma at the Pantages Theatre as Co-Producer, Director and Narrator for their 2019 Hybrid-staged production of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. Gabriel is deeply humbled and beyond grateful to have the opportunity to once again share the stage with Maestro Ioannides and the marvelously gifted members of Symphony Tacoma. 

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