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BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Magic Circle Mime Company to unite symphony orchestra with visual theater for the classic children’s story of Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf."

The 50-minute production will begin at 10 a.m. and again at 12:15 p.m. on April 26 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts downtown. The production is part of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Kids series.

The narration is replaced by movement and the concert hall becomes the scene of action as the conductor's assistant (Peter) tries to capture a vicious wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike.

With the help of the musicians, good triumphs over evil and the concert ends in victorious celebration.

The program also includes two movements from summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 

ISO, in its 26th season, is led by Music Director Ken Lam.

Tickets, at $6 per person, can be purchased at the BCPA ticket office at 309-434-2777. For classrooms and/or schools attending the concert, there should be one chaperone for every 15 students; every 16th ticket is complimentary.

For more information, call the Illinois Symphony Orchestra office at 800-401-7222, Ext. 10, or visit

The orchestra's Concerts for Kids series is funded through educational outreach and grant support from various organizations. The April 26 program is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the McLean County Arts Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

According to a release from ISO, Magic Circle Mime Company has performed on numerous occasions with the symphony orchestras of numerous major cities, including Chicago, and St. Louis. The company also has performed in countries across the world.


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