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Y Arts in the Community: Peter & The Wolf, featuring the NJSO


The Y Arts in the Community initiative provides enriching arts experiences, offering opportunities for all ages to experience visual and performing arts. We believe in the power of art to help youth realize their potential and improve quality of life. Children make connections to sounds even before they are born, which is why music can be a powerful influence on their development. Listening to music activates many areas of the brain including emotion, memory and motor response.

The best stories are the ones that move us. Telling a story through music brings emotion, excitement and suspense. Words and sounds coalesce to augment our emotions and deepen our connection to the story and characters. Stories come to life right in front of our eyes (and ears!), allowing us to immerse ourselves into them. And with the help of the award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, you are going to be able to do just that.

We are excited to welcome the NJSO to the Y for the second time! In the past, they have held an introduction to classical music workshop for our daycare children. On Sunday, November 20th, a NJSO musical quintet will be here for a special performance of Peter and the Wolf. The whole family will love this fun tale, combining the timeless arts of music and storytelling. Sergei Prokofiev wrote this classic children’s story and accompanying music in 1936 as a child’s introduction to the orchestra. Each character is represented by an instrument or group of instruments, highlighting the individual personalities of each instrument.  “The duck, bird, cat, wolf, hunters, Peter and his Grandfather are each represented by a specific theme and instrument, making this a wonderful introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, as well as a charming story.” (From

The performance is appropriate for children ages 4+ and will run approximately 1 hour. It will be narrated by the Y’s Performing Arts Director Laura Toth.