The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra performs Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf.” Set within the galleries of the Brooklyn Museum, this unique interpretation tells the story of a young boy, Peter, who is taking an art class at the Brooklyn Museum. Unhappy with his work and feeling frustrated, Peter wanders through the museum. He meets a wizardly looking old artist who gives Peter a paintbrush to try out. Is it magic? Peter’s drawing of a wolf comes to life and bounds through the museum! The wolf leaps into a painting and Peter jumps after it! Special guest actor, musician and clown Andy Sapora will narrate. Images from the museum’s great collection will accompany the entire concert in a video created by Natasha Kermani.
In addition to music by Prokofiev, the program will include pieces by Khachaturian and Brahms. It will also feature the world premiere of “Two Waterfalls” by Howard Lew.
In addition to this performance, there will also be a performance Sunday, November 22 at 3pm.
Andy Sapora performs regularly as one of The Flying Karamazov Brothers and is a clown and facility supervisor with Big Apple Circus Clown Care Hospital Clown Program. He recently originated an additional, non-singing principal role in The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015 production of Pagliacci. He will reprise the role again in January of 2016. He is also a founding member of the comedy music troop, The Maestrosities and was co-host and co-founder of monthly variety cabaret tinyDANGEROUSfun. He has been performing on stage since he was 10 and street performing, juggling and clowning since he was 15. He has studied at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theater and at the Belgian National Circus School. He’s taken workshops and master classes with Keith Johnstone, Bill Irwin, David Shiner, Steve Smith, Jeff Raz, Rick Davis and Ami Hattab. In addition to teaching privately he has taught theater, clown, improv and presentation at both The New York Circus Arts Academy and The Circus Warehouse. He’s also taught general circus skills and clowning with the outreach programs of Big Apple Circus, Cirque du Soleil and The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. He lives in an embroidery factory in New Jersey with his wife and his two sons.
Howard Lew has been working in New York as a composer since the 1980’s. He has written extensively for voice, and his songs have been performed by noted singers such as Rachel Rosales, Mary Kay McGarvey and Christine Sperry. In 2013 Mr. Lew began the “Haiku Song Project”, an online gallery of new music written in collaboration with a collective of NY poets and singers. They produced 27 exhibits of music and writing at their tumblr site http://howardlew.tumblr.com/.
Mr. Lew’s First and Second Rhapsodies for String Orchestra and Soprano have been performed to acclaim by the Gotham Chamber Orchestra with soprano Christine Sperry and conducted by Dorothy Savitch. Tenor Karim Sulayman premiered his Third Rhapsody, “Song of Wandering Aengus”, with the Sound Symphony Orchestra. In addition to this weekend’s premiere of “Two Waterfalls”, the superb violinist Esther Noh will be performing his Violin Sonata at Spectrum NYC on Dec. 12 .
Educated at Columbia University, Mr. Lew studied composition with Max Lifchitz and Fred Lerdahl and piano with Niels Ostbye. In Brooklyn, Mr. Lew is well known as an educator and has been the teacher to numerous students at his studio in Park Slope. In the 1990’s he was Curriculum Director and then Dean of Students at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and taught music for many years at New York City Technical College (CUNY). For samples of his music go to https://soundcloud.com/howard-lew.
Tickets are non-refundable.