You consider yourself a cultured individual: You enjoy wines from regions remote to Missouri, you've read some Shakespeare, and you actually like sushi. But let someone combine the words "orchestra" and/or "ballet" with that dire noun "performance," and the dry heaves cometh. What you need is a gentle nudge into the world of stringed instruments and pirouettes. Start with Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf
, performed jointly by the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Belleville School of Ballet at 3 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Bodies Theatre (1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, Illinois). This children's classic is the perfect concert introduction: Each character is represented by a different instrument, and the plot is also easy to follow (Peter catches the wolf!). John Carney of KMOX (1120 AM) narrates the program, and a showcase of cartoon music is also on the schedule. Tickets are $5 to $10 and can be purchased at the door, online at www.bellphil.com
, or at Aunt Mary's Parlor (618-233-5551) in Belleville.
Sun., March 26