Vassar Ensemble Performs Peter and the Wolf Dec. 13

Children encouraged to attend educational concert

Vassar College’s Mahagonny Ensemble is performing Peter and the Wolf, Sergei Prokofiev’s classic narrative piece, for their winter concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Skinner Hall’s Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall. This performance is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend.

Mahagonny is comprised entirely of Vassar student players and is led by senior Sam Plotkin. This performance will also feature the Mahagonny Choir performing a collection of contemporary works by Gjeilo, Takach, Beibl and student composers. The choir director is senior Julia Boscov-Ellen.

Prokofiev was commissioned by the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow in 1936 to write a symphony for children, and the intention of the piece was to help introduce classical music to children in a fun way that highlights the differences between instruments.

The Mahagonny Ensemble, founded in 2000 with a performance of the Kurt Weill operetta Mahagonny Songspiel, dedicated to promoting the creativity of instrumentalists, singers and composers interested in performing and writing contemporary classical music. The group’s goal is to give a voice to unique works from the last 100 years that may otherwise not be heard at Vassar.

Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event at 845-437-5370. For information, visit

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