Mariposa symphony to perform Dec. 20

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s Dec. 20 Festive Holiday Concert will feature a special musical gift to all children aged four to 104: Serge Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated from the podium by MSO Founder/Conductor Les Marsden.

The story of Peter and a bird, a duck, a cat, a fierce wolf and Peter’s Grandfather is one of the most beloved pieces of music ever written - and one of the most memorable. The tale introduces various instruments of the orchestra, which individually or collectively represent the characters of the story. Prokofiev’s most famous piece has introduced millions of young and not-so-young listeners to the joy of music.

The concert will include Jacques Offenbach’s bouyant comic masterpiece Overture to “Orphée aux Enfers“ or (”Orpheus in Hell”) which has one of the most iconic, immediately-recognizable finales in all of music.

Plenty of holiday-themed music will also be performed, including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ heartbreakingly beautiful Fantasy on “Greensleeves,” Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Les Marsden's treatment of famous carols: Sierra Christmas Party, the piece which has closed every Festive Holiday concert since the symkphony’s premiere concert in 2002.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa County High School.

Ticket cost $6 for adults, $4 for students, and are on sale at the Mariposa County Arts Council's office at 5009 Highway 140 in Mariposa.

Details: (209) 966-3155,

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to:

Les Marsden