Peter and the Wolf
Maxim Eshkenazy, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
PROKOFIEV: "Peter and the Wolf"
Join Peter and his brave animal friends on an adventure to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf! The Magic Circle Mime Co. and the colorful characters of the orchestra bring this timeless symphonic fairytale to life!
A fun and fascinating 45-minute concert designed especially for children 5-11.
Enjoy FREE interactive activities in the lobby inspired by each concert’s theme! Featuring family-friendly arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, and opportunities to meet Symphony musicians, local performing groups, and more!
Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. attendees and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. attendees.
Magic Circle Mime Co
Magic Circle Mime Co. is regarded as one of today’s premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Magic Circle Mime Company is the creative partnership of Maggie Petersen and Douglas MacIntyre. Both artists have backgrounds in theatre and instrumental music, and have utilized that training to create their highly regarded programs.
Magic Circle Mime Co. performs with virtually every major orchestra in North America and has performed on numerous occasions with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Montreal, Saint Louis, Seattle and Toronto; Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra; and on more than half a dozen occasions at The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with the National Symphony Orchestra.
“Talented and engaging,” “energetic and intelligent,” “charismatic and exciting,” – these are some of the statements used by the press to describe Maxim Eshkenazy. He is currently the principal guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic, the leading orchestra of his native Bulgaria. Eshkenazy is also a permanent fixture of the Classic FM Radio Orchestra season, where he has dazzled audiences with star studded collaborations. Artists who have made their Bulgarian debuts under Eshkenazy’s baton include Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Shlomo Mintz, and Gil Shaham.
Based in Los Angeles, California, Maxim is frequently engaged as a guest conductor in the United States. In the 2017 season, he conducted his debut performances with Atlanta Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra as part of the concert tour with Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and trumpet soloist Chris Botti. In Los Angeles he has concertized with Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, and also founded the Music of Changes Chamber Orchestra, a contemporary music ensemble. Other American appearances include the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama as well as the historic Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in New York City’s Central Park.
Despite establishing himself as a champion of the classical canon, Maxim nevertheless enjoys spearheading the eclectic programming of American and Bulgarian premieres derived from non-orchestral genres including Bulgarian folk, Ethno Jazz, and film music to name a few. He has generated memorable cross-genre performances including the "Nutcracker," Tchaikovsky Spectacular, Cirque de la Symphonie and the “Dvořák in America” project with Pacific Symphony during his time as an assistant conductor to Carl St. Clair.
Eshkenazy’s generous initiatives in Bulgaria have brought him great esteem and popularity in his native country. As part of the series, Maxim Eshkenazy Presents, recent highlights have included sold-out performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony. In 2008 he spearheaded Fortissimo Fest, a classical music festival which attracts thousands of listeners every summer. Presented by the Sofia Philharmonic, the Fortissimo Fest has brought widely popular programming to the broader Bulgarian public via live open-air performances and nationally broadcast television. He also started Fortissimo in Class which brings enriching music programs into classrooms throughout the country. The newest of Maxim’s outreach programs, Fortissimo Family, is enjoying its 8th season as it presents educational concerts to enthusiastic audiences of all ages.
Maxim is a passionate educator and dedicates much of his time to working with young musicians. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Colburn Sinfonietta, Colburn Chamber Orchestra and Colburn Youth Orchestra as part of the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Under his leadership since 2008, the youth orchestras have continued to expand their artistic reach including the addition of ensembles as well as international tours. From 2008-2013 Maxim served as Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2011 they performed a concert tour in Bulgaria that was documented and broadcast by PBS.
Eshkenazy was born in Sofia, Bulgaria to a family of musicians. At age 5 he started playing the violin and continued his studies at the the “L. Pipkov” National Music School and the “Pancho Vladigerov” National Music Academy in Sofia. He furthered his education at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he completed two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting. He studied conducting with Hans Ludwig Beer, John Burnett, and Sergiu Comissiona. Maxim’s summer residencies include the highly coveted fellowship awarded from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado as well as the Pierre Monteux School in Maine. Other mentors include Carl St. Clair, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Michael Tilson-Thomas.
In addition to conducting, Maxim can be heard performing solo violin and chamber music. In his free time he enjoys a number of extreme hobbies including scuba diving and paragliding. A licensed airplane and helicopter pilot, Maxim is also an avid aviation enthusiast.