Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra to put on ‘A Night at the Zoo’

The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra is shown in this undated file photo courtesy of the orchestra.
The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra is shown in this undated file photo courtesy of the orchestra.


The Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra's next performance will get a little wild with "A Night at the Zoo."

The symphony will perform Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals."

The performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Mitchell Auditorium at Lincoln University, 706 E. Dunklin Street.

"Both of them are programmatic works," said Tom Higgins, president of the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra board. "They're meant to tell you a story or paint a picture in your mind."

"Carnival of the Animals" is a multi-movement work where each movement describes an animal. Dancers from Dancer's Alley will perform during both of the performances.

The symphony will also perform "Stars and Stripes Forever," the official march of the United States of America, where they will invite children up from the crowd to conduct the symphony.

Preceding the performance, there will be an "instrument playing zoo" at 6 p.m. in the lobby, where children will get the opportunity to play the different instruments.

The symphony is conducted by Kevin Baker.

"He is a fantastic conductor for us. ... We've really come along under his leadership and improved," Higgins said.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased on their website, jcsymphony.org, or in person at Will West Music, Field & Morrison Music, and Capital Music.