Performing Arts

‘Peter and the Werewolf’ kicks off Orchestra Miami’s family concerts

Neil Tobin, aka ‘The Necromancer,’ will narrate and add magic tricks to Orchestra Miami’s ‘Peter and the Werewolf.’
Neil Tobin, aka ‘The Necromancer,’ will narrate and add magic tricks to Orchestra Miami’s ‘Peter and the Werewolf.’

Festival Miami is the ongoing story on South Florida’s music scene, but other events include Orchestra Miami’s Halloween take on Peter and the Wolf, a Fort Lauderdale chamber concert by the Chameleon Musicians and a new performance-dining series at Ted’s at YoungArts in Miami.

▪ Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf gets a Halloween twist when Orchestra Miami presents Peter and the Werewolf, the orchestra’s first offering in its new Family Fun Concert Series. Founder and artistic director Elaine Rinaldi says the concerts are in the tradition of Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children, the popular series led for many years by Doreen Marx and Byron Krulewitch.

Neil Tobin, who goes by the performing name “The Necromancer,” will narrate and illustrate the story with magic tricks and special effects. Children get cookies and juice after the concert and are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.

The concert will be performed at three locations. The first is 1 p.m. Oct. 31 at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, 1410 NE 215th St., Aventura; the second at 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at Divine Savior Academy, 10311 NW 58th St., Doral; and the third at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Pinecrest Gardents, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children up to age 17. For information, call 305-274-2103 or visit

▪ The Chameleon Musicians — violinist Dmitri Pogrelov, pianist Silvije Vidovic and cellist Iris van Eck — begin their season of five Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center, 221 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Saluting Hispanic heritage, they’ll perform music by Tomás Bretón, Ravel, Enrique Fernández Arbós, Shchedrin and Granados. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students). For information, call 954-761-3435 or visit

▪ A new performance-dining experience called Pairings at Ted’s begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31 at Ted’s at YoungArts, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider of Seraphic Fire and IlluminArts, baritone Gabriel Preisser and guests from Musimelange will perform a program of “spooky classics and haunting delights” in honor of Halloween. The STARR Catering Group provides dinner. The three-course prix fixe dinner and show are $95 a person, with general admission tickets priced at $35 (a $25 minimum food and beverage minimum is required with those tickets). Visit for information.