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Ben Kingsley On “Peter And The Wolf,” His Love Of Russian Composers, And The Musicality Of Acting

A conversation with the iconic actor on his upcoming performance with the Houston Symphony.

  • Sir Ben Kingsley (Photo Credit: Jeff Vespa/Contour by Getty Images)
    Sir Ben Kingsley (Photo Credit: Jeff Vespa/Contour by Getty Images)
  • The Houston Symphony performs Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, on September 17. (Photo Credit: Tricia Cramblet / Houston Symphony)
    The Houston Symphony performs Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, on September 17. (Photo Credit: Tricia Cramblet / Houston Symphony)
  • The Houston Symphony with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada,  Opening Night 2015 (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)
    The Houston Symphony with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Opening Night 2015 (Photo Credit: Anthony Rathbun)

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When I was offered a chance to speak with Sir Ben Kingsley this week, I was thrilled to ask the Oscar-winning actor – who has a musical ear – about his relationship to classical music and to Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, which he will narrate with the Houston Symphony on Opening Night, Saturday, September 17, 7:30pm at Jones Hall.

Here's what happened.

This interview also aired in another version on Houston Matters. Special thanks to Edel Howlin for editing.

Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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