Our first public performance of Grounder’s Grand Adventure! We are grateful to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for making this possible, as well as to the Calgary Public Library for donating the use of their beautiful new Performance Hall, with helpful staff on hand to make everything run smoothly. We were too busy to count attendees to this ticket-free event, but it looked to be about two-thirds full in a hall that seats 336– not bad on a sunny June afternoon, on a shoestring advertising budget to boot! We hope to be able to present more free concerts in the future, so there are fewer barriers to hearing music that ignites the imagination and brings such joy.
Thanks to the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, we were able to present Grounder’s Grand Adventure to about 120 Grade 1 & 2 students at the Falconridge School, in two afternoon shows at their Learning Commons. Intense listening, and excellent questions! Many thanks to Assistant Principal Heather Scholz as well as the teachers and staff for hosting us— it was a such a pleasure to interact with the kids.
It was a delight to return to Heartland Agency’s Signal Hill location for morning and afternoon performances, as well as to perform for the first time at a couple of their other locations: Cornerstone Daycare and Mayland Heights. Staff were wonderful in organizing the kids and setting them up to participate in our presentation of Grounder’s Grand Adventure, some brought in from other locations as well, enabling us to bring live music to over 180 preschoolers. We were happy to hear one of comments passed down from a teacher there: “The children were so relaxed and regulated in the musical environment. It was a great experience.” Thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for making all this possible!
Please join us June 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the New Central Library’s Performance Hall (800 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta), for the story of a Richardson’s ground squirrel as he finds his way in the world, set to the Dohnanyi Serenade for violin, viola and cello. This will be a free public concert, thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts! Grounder’s Grand Adventure features narrator Samantha Whelan Kotkas, violinist Elisa Milner, violist Liza Scriggins, and cellist Olena Kilchyk. Audience members can meet the musicians afterwards and participate in an instrument discovery zoo.
We also look forward to performing this program for Create (the new Calgary Children’s Festival) on May 26 at 5 PM, as well as for children at the Heartland Agency’s various locations in late May. So pleased Olga Cuttell could provide her stunning artwork for all this! See more of what she does at Oladesign.
Want to learn more about Richardson’s ground squirrels? Dr. Gail Michener at the University of Lethbridge has done extensive research and shares loads of information here: http://research.uleth.ca/rgs/quick_facts.cfm.html
We are grateful to the National Arts Centre for funding morning and afternoon concerts for multiple programs run by the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association! Numerous people new to Canada heard Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, as well as other pieces and accompanying storytelling, and got to try out instruments afterwards at our petting zoo. Many thanks also to the Calgary Public Library for generously donating their gorgeous Performance Hall for the event! Support staff was wonderful– we had everything we needed to make the performances run smoothly. CIWA also put in a lot of work to organize their programs to be able attend. It was a great privilege to share what we love with so many new faces!
How wonderful to meet everyone at the daycare/preschool program at Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association! It was our first visit there– everyone was most helpful. Thanks to support from the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, flutist Lucie Jones and I were able to present morning and afternoon pre-concert sessions for the children, so they can get more out of the concerts the following week. We had fun playing excerpts from the Debussy, hearing what they thought it sounded like, playing some conducting/rhythm games, and making puppets for the concert. There are some very musical kids and grownups at CIWA!
We’ve noticed that our original name, Storymusic Creations, is rather a mouthful and not so easy to remember, plus we seem to use StoryMusic as a nickname most of the time anyways, so from now on we will be: StoryMusic. We also can be found online with a new web address: http://www.storymusic.ca. And when WordPress becomes more manageable and comprehensible, the rest of the website will be able to be corrected to reflect that…
We were happy to see some familiar faces from last spring, as well as to meet many new children and parents, this time presenting Elk’s Wintry Day with Jolivet’s Petite Suite– very fitting for the sub-freezing temperatures in Calgary lately! Many thanks to the kind folks at the Centre for Newcomers for hosting us again. We are also grateful to the National Music Centre’s Music Alive Program, as well as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, whose financial support makes our continued work possible. It’s wonderful that we can meet with the children for pre-concert sessions, so they can take in more when we perform the entire story and chamber music piece for them. It’s great fun also to see how people react to the instruments when they try them out after our concerts!
Storymusic Creations is happy to present Elk’s Wintry Day, set to the Petite Suite by Jolivet, as well as Salmon and Dipper’s Wondrous Journey, set to the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Debussy, with Samantha Whelan Kotkas (narrator), Liza Scriggins (viola), Lucie Jones (flute) and Gianetta Baril (harp). This event is free and open to the public, and is followed by an optional luncheon for $7. February 1st is a professional development day for Calgary public schools, so it’s great timing! Many thanks to Knox Presbyterian Church for hosting us.
Besides contributions from the organizations we perform for, we are also funded by the Music Performance Trust Fund, the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Their support allows us to reach many more children than we would otherwise, hopefully igniting a love of music and storytelling in the coming generations!