‘Peter & the Wolf’ A ballet to entertain, raise money for local kids
WHAT: “Peter and the Wolf,” a symphony and ballet designed for children, and spring fundraiser for Western Slope Center for Children
WHERE: Robinson Theatre, Moss Performing Arts Center
WHEN: 6 p.m. Sat., May 4; performance at 7:30 p.m.
COST: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 students; 5 and under free
INFO: 970-245-3788; www.wscchildren.org
The ballet, “Peter and the Wolf,” with music performed by the Colorado Mesa University Symphony Orchestra will be staged Saturday, May 4, at Robinson Theatre at the Moss Performing Arts Center.
Designed for children, the concert is also a fundraiser to benefit the Western Slope Center for Children, a nonprofit that serves young victims of sexual abuse.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with an “instrument petting zoo,” where kids can try out instruments of CMU music students. There will also be cider and treats, face painting and door prizes during this time.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., beginning with a concert by the CMU Symphony, led by Carlos Elias, director of strings and orchestra. Works will include pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and contemporary American composer Robert Ward.
The performance will also feature student winners of CMU’s December concerto competition, baritone Chris Arroyo and saxophonist Cody Krieger.
Following the intermission, CMU dance students will perform “Peter and the Wolf,” which will be narrated by lecturer of music theatre, Jeremy Franklin, with music by the orchestra.
“It’s very entertaining,” Elias said. “It’s a children’s piece, and it’s for a good cause.”
Founded in 1997, the Western Slope Center for Children collaborates with the Mesa County Department of Human Services, local law enforcement and the district attorney in providing a safe and comfortable setting (at the center, 259 Grand Ave.) where children are interviewed only once. Prior to WSCC’s founding, children were typically required to repeat their experiences to multiple authorities.
The center also provides physical examinations by nurses who are specially trained in caring for children. Additionally, the center offers court advocacy and mental health services.
Last year, the center served 271 Mesa County children. The organization cares for boys and girls, ages 18 and under, who have been abused or neglected.
So far, in 2013, the number of abused children and their families seeking services has risen, said WSCC outreach coordinator Joy Thompson.
Nationwide statistics show that one in four girls and one in seven to nine boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18, Thompson said. According to those statistics, there are probably thousands of children locally who never report their abuse, she said.
The annual spring concert is the nonprofit’s main fundraiser of the year. The organization is also funded by grants and individual donations.
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