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‘Peter and the Wolf’ onstage in Marblehead Saturday

By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent / November 20, 2011

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Symphony by the Sea, a professional classical orchestra, presents Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf’’ at Abbot Hall in Marblehead Saturday afternoon.

The family concert is narrated by Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s weekly news quiz show “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!’’

Following the concert, audience members can meet the players and see the instruments, which represent characters in the story.

“We are pleased to present a program that introduces classical music to young audiences,’’ said Isa Zimmerman, president of the Symphony by the Sea board. “And we are thrilled that Peter Sagal has agreed to be our narrator.’’

Sagal, a native of New Jersey, spent summers north of Boston while growing up and later attended Harvard University. He is the son of Matt and Reeva Sagal, who now live in Swampscott. He has appeared with “Wait, Wait’’ in Boston’s Wang Theater, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and venues across the country.

The show can be heard locally on WBUR-FM and WGBH-FM.

Symphony by the Sea, now in its 31st season, is led by Don Palma, a faculty member at New England Conservatory and founder of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for children under 14. Visit

SYMPHONY IN BEVERLY: The Cape Ann Symphony is expanding its performance venues to include the newly renovated Beverly High School, beginning with its Sparkling Holiday Pops Concert on Friday.

It also presents the concert in Gloucester Saturday and next Sunday.

The concert features soprano Kristen Watson, in her debut with the symphony, and the return of the Cape Ann Singers led by choral director Wendy Betts. Conductor and musical director of the symphony is Yoichi Udagawa.

The program includes selections from Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker’’ and Christmas music by Mozart, Rutter, and Handel.

There also is an audience sing-along of holiday songs.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday at Beverly High School; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Auditorium in Gloucester; and 2 p.m. next Sunday at the Fuller Auditorium.

Tickets are $35, $30 for senior citizens, $20 for young adults, and free for children 12 and under. Call 978-281-0543 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: John G. Funchion discusses stories from his recently published book, “Move the Sock Hole Over,’’ at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody. The book is a series of essays about growing up in Peabody and his observations of nature while on daily 3-mile walks, wherever he happens to be in the world. Funchion is a former journalist with the Lynn Evening Item and the Boston Herald, and a retired high school English teacher. “Move the Sock Hole Over’’ is his second book.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “A Wild Life Journey,’’ an exhibit of photographs by Don Montemorra of Swampscott, is at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through Jan. 5. An opening reception is 3 to 5 p.m. today. The exhibit features new works taken in Alaska and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. . . . The Annual Art + Design Faculty Exhibition at Salem State University is featured in the school’s Winfisky Gallery through Dec. 8. The show features the work of the college’s studio art faculty, including Haig Demarjian, Benjamin Gross, Richard Lewis, Mark Malloy, Mary Melilli, Kim Mimnaugh, Ken Reker, and John Volpaccio. . . . “Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti & Their Power to Change Women’s Lives,’’ a display of vibrant art quilts, is at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell through Dec. 31. The quilts are from the PeaceQuilts initiative, a humanitarian venture founded by Jeanne Staples of Martha’s Vineyard. The mission of the nonprofit is to teach women in Haiti a marketable skill and create textile art pieces for sale abroad.

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