Storymusic Creations is continually evolving, but at the moment, here’s what’s in the works:
Late November 2018: performances and pre-concert sessions at Pommes de Reinette Daycare, La Cité des Rocheuses
Thanks to translations by Red Deer Symphony Maestro Claude LaPalme, and with the help of the Music Performance Trust Fund, the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, and La Cité des Rocheuses, we are very excited to present our first performances in French! Salmon and Dipper’s Wondrous Journey becomes Le voyage merveilleux de Saumon et Dipper, and Elk’s Wintry Day becomes Jour d’hiver du wapiti. It will be wonderful to connect with the Francophone community, especially given the French composers on this program. We hope they enjoy Debussy and Jolivet’s music as much as we do! We’re also excited that Julie Freedman Smith of Parenting Power and Luminous Voices has joined our team to narrate in French. She has an extensive background in music education and makes regular appearances on CBC Radio and Global Television; we are honoured to have her with us.
Late November and early December 2018: performances and pre-concert sessions at Immigrant Services Calgary
We’re always happy to see the gang at ISC! With the help of the the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, they hosted our first preschool performances two years ago, and have had us back several times since.
February 2, 2019 @ noon: Red Carpet Series, Knox Presbyterian Church
This will be a FREE public concert of Salmon & Dipper’s Wondrous Journey as well as Elk’s Wintry Day, followed by the option of attending a lovely luncheon (for a nominal fee). Check here for updates to their website: http://www.knoxcalgary.ca/children-youth/events-news/events/. Hope to see you there!
March 2019: preconcert sessions and performances at the Centre for Newcomers
Last year was our first appearance at CFN— we are pleased to be able to see everyone again, as well as to meet more newcomers to Canada!
March 2019: preconcert sessions and performances at Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
A first for us! We are happy to collaborate with the folks at CIWA, and very much look forward to connecting with their community.
Late May 2019: performances at several Heartland Agency locations
Glad to return to Heartland Agency’s Signal Hill location, as well as to perform for the first time at their new Mayland Heights facility and their cornerstone daycare. It will be great to meet with so many children!
June 2019: FREE public concert at the new Central Library Performance Hall
Can’t wait for this! We’ll be presenting our new production: Grounder’s Grand Adventure, with Dohnanyi’s Serenade for string trio. It’s a brand new story about a Richardson’s ground squirrel who sets out to find his place in the world. The Serenade is lively, quirky, and lush— a fantastic piece of music for violin, viola and cello. Diane Lane, Olena Kilchyk and Samantha Whelan Kotkas join me (Liza Scriggins) for another mashup of stories and music, sure to enchant listeners of all ages. As always, we’ll follow the concert with an instrument petting zoo and a chance to meet the musicians.
We are most grateful for the support of the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, who not only funds many of our concerts, but also encourages us to run pre-concert sessions, so the kids can connect with the music more in-depth. Huge thanks also for the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, who has so generously awarded us grants last two seasons. They have many fine applications to sort through this season— we await word from them in January in hopes they can support our upcoming ventures as well.
More updates to follow as the year progresses!