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Audience to participate in 'Peter and the Wolf'

Daniel Goodman
Daniel Goodman

A visiting scientist at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center will showcase his musical talents in a seldom-heard original arrangement of Prokofiev's well-loved classic, "Peter and the Wolf," for piano and narrator this Sunday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. in Killian Hall.

The concert celebrates the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the piece.

The event will be the 10th "participatory piano concert" at MIT presented by Daniel Goodman (Ph.D. 1989) since he introduced the concept in 1983. These concerts combine classical piano music with improvisations, allowing the audience to suggest and select which themes will be used.

The performance will also include piano music by Mozart and Chopin and improvisations on themes suggested by the audience to be performed in classical, folk and jazz styles.

The narrator for "Peter and the Wolf" will be singer and instrumentalist Jack McCreless, who has performed international music and jazz with Goodman for almost 20 years. The two appeared together in the 1991 Universal Pictures film, "Once Around," which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter.

Co-sponsored by MIT Hillel and the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the concert will benefit organizations that provide food assistance. The suggested donation is $15 for general admission and $5 for students.

For more information, visit or call (781) 674-2440.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 24, 2006 (download PDF).

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