by James Ady
Through the generous donation of talent and time, Boise Philharmonic’s Musical Director, Robert Franz, along with some of the Boise Philharmonic’s gifted musicians will perform excerpts from Disney’s, The Lion King, as well as Prokofiev’s 1936 folksy, musical fable, Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Northwest Nazarene University, which is donating space and time.
Nampa’s mayor, Tom Dale, will put his political duties aside for the afternoon and act as narrator of Peter and the Wolf, the story of a young boy who fearlessly challenges an egregious wolf. While Dale weaves the tale, various instruments will represent the timeless characters: strings will represent Peter, the clarinet will play Cat, bassoon will bellow the grandfather and more.
Originally an animated Disney film, and subsequently a Broadway sensation, The Lion King has been enchanting audiences worldwide for more than 15 years. Singing some of the favorites from The Lion King, such as “Circle of Life” and ”Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” will be more than 240 voices from the choirs of Skyview, Nampa, Timberline, Centennial and Columbia high schools.
The family friendly concert is a fundraiser to help improve and continue the philharmonic’s family series along with its education and outreach programs. “Courage” is the theme du jour of both musical exhibitions, whether you are the young lion taking on the ominous villain or the precarious boy standing up to the big, bad wolf. For more information please visit boisephilharmonic.org.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m., $15 for students, $25 for adults, $100 for family of six. Northwest Nazarene University, 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, 208-467-8011, nnu.edu.