String School Performance of 'Peter and the Wolf' to Benefit Scholarship Fund

DUSS faculty and students will perform a benefit concert Saturday.
DUSS faculty and students will perform a benefit concert Saturday.

“Early one morning, Peter opened the gate and went out into the big green meadow. On a branch of a big tree sat a little bird, Peter's friend. ‘All Is quiet, all is quiet’ chirped the bird gaily.”

So begins Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” the short musical story that has introduced generations of young people to symphonic music and appears in other works around the world including “A Christmas Story.”

The faculty of the Duke University String School (DUSS) will perform the piece, with narration by David Ballantyne, WCPE Classical Station's "Rise and Shine" presenter and producer, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Nelson Music Room in East Duke Building.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Dorothy Kitchen Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund, named for Director Emerita Dorothy Kitchen, helps families in the community who would not be able to participate in the Duke University String School otherwise.

Administered by Duke’s Department of Music, the string school is the region’s premier string education program. Its mission is to train young string instrument musicians of diverse backgrounds in performing symphonic music.