Thanks to translations by Red Deer Symphony Maestro Claude LaPalme, and narrations by Julie Freedman Smith, we will be presenting two stories in French! Salmon & Dipper’s Wondrous Journey becomes Le voyage merveilleux de Saumon et Dipper, and Elk’s Wintry Day becomes Jour d’hiver du wapiti. We look forward to meeting everyone at Pommes de Reinette Daycare and La Cité des Rocheuses in November for our first performances specifically designed for the Francophone community!
Later this year we will be presenting Grounder’s Grand Adventure, set to the Serenade for String Trio by Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi. It’s the story of a Richardson’s ground squirrel who sets out to find his place in the world, and includes a journey to the forest, an encounter with wind turbines, and much more! Want to know more about these critters? Check this out: Richardson’s Ground Squirrels: FAQ
It was our great pleasure to perform Elk’s Wintry Day for the K-6 students at the Connaught School! How wonderful to hear student’s impressions and story ideas on the excerpt we played from Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, and also a huge treat to see the kids perform their own choreography of the third movement from Jolivet’s Petite Suite. Students were also most helpful for set up and take down, and were very engaged after the concert during our sessions on animal footprints and storymaking, as well as instrument tryouts and crafting. Thanks to one and all for a most memorable school visit, and special thanks to the Instrumental Society of Calgary for organizing and funding this event!
Again thanks to the National Arts Centre, we were excited to be able to visit the good people at Immigrant Services Calgary this spring. Pre-concert sessions enabled us to connect more with the kids, parents and facilitators, making our subsequent performances that much more meaningful to one and all. NAC’s Music Alive Program is sponsoring us for two more years, so we look forward to more concerts next season!
As part of the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, Storymusic Creations was able to present pre-concert sessions for the children in daycare at the Centre for Newcomers on February 28th. Gianetta and I had a blast sharing information about the music, providing musical cues to listen for in the story, and creating props together that the kids could use for the following week’s performances. David Hohol, CFN’s Manager of Communications & Marketing, did an amazing job capturing everyone in his video. Thanks to the stellar gang at CFN for hosting us, and we are grateful to the National Arts Centre for supporting our work!
We are pleased to announce that Storymusic Creations will be performing at the Centre for Newcomers as well as Immigrant Services Calgary in February and March 2018 as part of NAC’s Music Alive Program. Thanks to their generous support, we will also be able to provide pre-concert sessions a week before each performance, bringing a deeper learning experience to the children. We look forward to some musical adventures!
We are grateful for the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, who has awarded us a grant for our November 2017 performances at Immigrant Services Calgary and the John Dutton Theatre. With their help, we have been able to reach numerous children, parents, and caretakers, propelling us further along in our mission to share great music and great stories!
Our first public concert, at the Central Library’s Dutton Theatre! Thanks to our audience members for coming out to hear us. It was quite a crowd, and an imaginative one at that: in our audience participation piece (Vivo from Deux Interludes by Jacques Ibert), people reported imagining sunset and sunrise, an old man in a forest, the feeling of hope, various colours, a boat on the ocean, a herd of wild horses, and the list goes on… It was great meeting the kids afterwards as they came up to try our instruments. Special thanks to Barb Yates of Helen Scott Studios for taking photos!