Guests will see a lot of Eric Sah at the Danville Symphony’s concert on Saturday at The Prizery.
His clarinet will make the sound of the cat in the 35-minute production “Peter and the Wolf,” and he will play the solo in a five-minute piece, Sholem Alekhem, “Peace Be Upon You,” which showcases the Jewish traditional sound of the Klezmer-style clarinet.
“I think the children will especially enjoy Peter and the Wolf,” says Sah, who is 24. “They are given little gifts afterward for them to draw on and color,” he said. “And the narrator describes what animal each musical instrument is representing.”
“Peter and the Wolf” has been called a “symphonic fairy tale for children.” It was written in 1836 by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev about a boy and his animal friends attempting to capture a wolf.
A 20-piece ensemble from the Danville Symphony will include an oboe representing the duck; a flute, the bird; French horn, the wolf; bassoon, the grandfather; timpani, the hunters and strings, Peter. Jacky Miller will be the narrator and Peter Perret the conductor.
Despite a busy musical schedule, Sah intends to study at an undetermined medical school in the fall after working this year as a research assistant at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, having performed in its symphony orchestra and its chamber ensemble.
In this area, “I always thought to play in an orchestra in my spare time,” Sah said. “I contacted the Winston Salem Orchestra, which referred me to Danville and its conductor, Peter Perret.”
When Sah played Perret a recording he made of Sholem Alekhem, he was asked to play it at the Danville Symphony’s spring concert and in South Boston.
The concert, starting at 4 p.m., will be the first indoor event since The Prizery shut its doors over a year ago because of the pandemic.
The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 5 and over. Tickets may be purchased at https://theprizery.simpletix.com/ or at the door if enough are left. A free reception will be held afterward.