Peter And The Wolf & The Voyage Of Henry Hudson
January 16, 2010, 7pm, World Financial Center Winter Garden
The KCO’s performance of “Musical Tales and Adventures” on January 16, 2010, in the World Financial Center Winter Garden drew a full house. Every seat was filled and almost every patch of marble staircase was occupied.
Fans came with great anticipation to hear Sergei Prokofiev’s charming “Peter And The Wolf” narrated by renowned author Neil Gaiman. As the flute chirped the first bird notes, children began to tiptoe to the front of the Winter Garden. One by one they were ushered under the ropes by security guards to sit entranced before the stage, listening to the story of the brave boy and his adventure.
The rapt audience listened in absolute silence to Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question,” tapped their toes to Duke Ellington’s jazzy “Up And Down, Up And Down,” and danced in the aisles to Tchaikovsky’s waltz from the opera “Eugene Onegin.”
Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra concert; World Financial Center Winter Garden
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Ellington/arr. Fagin: Up and Down, Up and Down
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Neil Gaiman, narrator
Ives: The Unanswered Question
Fagin: And Bold To Fall Withal (world premiere)
Jason Danieley, tenor
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Eugene Onegin
Lawler/Blake: The Sidewalks of New York
After the concert, many KCO fans repaired to Southwest restaurant to celebrate at a reception. At right are KCO founder and music director Gary S. Fagin flanked by Neil Gaiman at left and Jason Danieley at right.