|Grade suitability:||Primary ( grades K - 3 ), Intermediate ( grades 4-7 ) & Middle School|
|Description:||innovative music and storytelling * 45 minutes - 1 hour performance|
of the coolest sounds you'll ever see!"
music teacher, Hastings Elementary, Vancouver, Canada
audience is invited on a journey of musical storytelling filled with
possibility and discovery.
for a mysterious sound sets off a quest that blends the line between
art and reality. As the drama unfolds, sounds of the things around us
are revealed. Students will experience the wonder of coaxing music from
a carpenter's hand saw, the ethereal multiphonic waterphone used to
communicate with whales, and the historic theremin, the world's first
electric musical instrument as well as the hidden sounds of bottles,
bowls & everyday things.
The Minden Duo present a novel introduction
to music making, telling stories which introduce an improbable ensemble
of invented and found "instruments". This carefully crafted
performance combines music with storytelling and theatre evoking the
same playfulness that the Minden Ensemble brought to Sesame Street.
Designed to engage students and enhance learning, the
performance inspires the telling of your own stories and finding your
"we will be inspired by this "
Marion Laffradi, teacher, Briargreen PS, Nepean
photo: henri robideau
|Performers:||Robert Minden and Carla Hallett|
students, in school gymnasium
for fees and availability
photo: nancy walker
phenomenal performers should be on the must see list of both children and
adults. They are undoubtedly one of the best both from a musical and an
educational standpoint that we have had in our school to date."
Judy Sills, Department Head, Music, Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts, Edmonton
children were spellbound...teachers were heard spouting superlatives. Robert
and Carla work together seamlessly in a performance that was perfectly paced
and appealed equally to students from Kindergarten to Grade 7. ...the Duo's
work contains a highly positive message: Music is joyful and uplifting,
everyone can do it, and the sounds are to be found all around us."
Steve Keary, Music Teacher, Ross Road School, North Vancouver
"Fabulous! The performers held the students' attention from start to finish. The children were mesmerized...It was high quality!!!...Great way to integrate the arts and science...Thinking outside the box" Barbara Wright, Principal, Cambridge Street School, Ottawa
perfect combination of storytelling and music which evoke such amazement,
astonishment and wonder: experiences that are sorely lacking in today's
Hartley, Program Coordinator, MASC Ottawa
"They are phenomenal." Andrew Berger, Director of Education & Outreach, C.W. Post Institute for Arts & Culture, Long Island University
"I have never, in my over thirty years of teaching, ever seen a production of this high a calibre of musical creativity and imagination which brought together, in such an ingenuous and authentic a manner, both literacy and music." Gary Farber, Unionville P.S. Ontario
photo: henri robideau