Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sheep with 7 legs, the vain man, and the king

This morning at the Art Gallery, four young musicians of the Victoria Music Corner Ensemble did the world premiere of an adaptation of the story, Le Petit Prince, with action, costume, props, and serious chamber music for the 3 to 6 year old set. It was brilliant. Sheep with 7 legs, solo roses with leaves randomly applied by the children, and a cooperative circle laughing star dance, as well as some serious counting of stars (represented by the triangle) during the music. Delightful music for Trombone, violin, clarinette and percussion in a room full of about 40 parents and children made for a mini-opera about 40 minutes in length that never lost the kids' attention. The players and actors are all symphony players in their 20s. It was a real exposure to creation for all of us.

School systems and conservatories will all benefit from this kind of stimulus - as of course do us old folks who don't at the moment have 3 to 6 year olds running about the place, not to mention the potential inspriation for the children. The show was advertised by kids-in-victoria. Other performances are scheduled - see the web page.

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