By Mark Ambrogi
As chairman of the board of directors for IBJ Corp. and National Bank of Indianapolis, Mickey Maurer is no stranger to public speaking.
However, his appearance with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra will be a bit different. Maurer will narrate “Peter and the Wolf” during the Stories in Music performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Palladium in Carmel. “Peter and the Wolf” is a composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936.
“It’s a unique opportunity for me,” Maurer said. “(CS0 publicist) Pat Pickett contacted me about doing it, and I was flattered and very happily surprised. I thought, ‘What a wonderful chance to do something I’ve never done before.’”
Maurer said he typically does his public speaking without notes.
“I rehearse this three or four times so I can get it right,” Maurer said. “The story brings back memories of my youth when I first heard this beautiful piece. I’m looking forward to revisiting it.”
CSO President and CEO Alan Davis said he is pleased with the collaboration.
“We are hoping that this is going to be very kid-friendly because of ‘Peter and the Wolf,’ but also the second half with ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is very inspiring in the way that it presents the music, and it represents pictures as if you’re strolling through an art gallery,” Davis said. “We do several things for children throughout the season, but this is a concert that is very much going to be thinking about kids — and big kids, too, kids at heart. This is the first time we’ve specifically targeted a kids’ story.”
Davis said this is the first time in 15 years CSO has performed “Peter and the Wolf.”
For more, visit carmelsymphony.org.