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January 28, 2024


War Memorial Hall, Newton City Hall

1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459

Musical Program

Special pre-concert event at 2pm

Instrument Petting Zoo and Student Performances

Giachino Rossini William Tell Overture

Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, op. 67

Teresa Carreño Romanze for cello and orchestra arr. Steve Laven

Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

Have your family join ours for a charming concert of storytelling and puppetry led by Pro Arte’s Conductor Emerita Gisèle Ben-Dor.  Things kicks off with Gioachino Rossini’s iconic and irrepressible William Tell overture.  Camille Saint-Saëns humorous Carnival of the Animals suite is a musical menagerie in which roaring lions, lumbering elephants, and hopping kangaroos all make their appearance. Pro Arte presents Teresa Carreño’s lovely Romance, originally scored for violin and piano, in an arrangement for cello and orchestra by principal cellist Steven Laven.  Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf tells of a boy who conspires with a bird and a cat to capture a wolf who has swallowed a duck.  With each character and event vividly depicted, this musical fairy tale makes the perfect end to an unforgettable experience.

Pro Arte is proud to partner with Eric Bornstein and Behind the Mask Studio to present the fanstastic puppet performance accopanying the Saint-Saëns.

  • Children under 14 are free.

  • Student tickets for high school and college/university are available at the door with a valid Student ID.

Please note that the entrance to the War Memorial Hall and the instrument petting zoo will be via the door the Newton Food Pantry located in the basement of Newton City Hall. Look for the Newton Food Pantry sign on the side of City Hall, facing Homer Street. Enter through the door next to the sign, and a volunteer will greet you and direct you to the Instrument Petting Zoo or to the War Memorial Hall. Doors to the Petting Zoo open at 2pm and doors to the performance in the War Memorial Hall open at 2:30pm.

Gisèle Ben-Dor

Conductor Emerita

Carey Goldberg


Eric Bornstein

Behind the Mask Studio & Theatre

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