Musical Storytelling Programs

Musical Storytelling Programs

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Our final Musical Story is Saturday, April 2nd!

Bringing Rain to the Kapiti Plain
by Verna Aardema
Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 11:30 am
Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington
About the story: From Amazon.com: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.” With Powers faculty members Vanessa Schukis (narration/vocals), Yas Ishibashi (piano/vocals), Todd Brunel (woodwinds), and guest African drum and dance artist Nurudafina Abena

 

 

About the Musical Storytelling Series

Join Powers faculty members at local libraries as they narrate this free series of original musical story performances that feature live music and age-appropriate stories for children. These interactive programs are specifically developed for children ages 3 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend. Click here to read more about Musical Storytelling Series narrator and program coordinator Vanessa Schukis.

This program is supported by Cambridge Savings Bank, and by grants from the Belmont, Watertown, and Arlington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Our 2015-2016 Series:

  • Disney's Winnie the Pooh: Piglet's Big Movie
    adapted by Catherine Hapka and Illustrated by Mario Cortes, Toby Bluth, and Disney Artists
    Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 10:00 & 11:00 am
    Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave, Belmont
    About the story: A retelling of Disney’s animated feature film, this story features the beloved character Piglet in a tale of friendship. Sing and dance with us in the Hundred Acre Wood! With Powers faculty members Vanessa Schukis (narration/vocals), Yas Ishibashi (piano), Todd Brunel (clarinet)

  • Bringing Rain to the Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
    Saturday, January 23, at 10:30 am
    Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown
    About the story: From Amazon.com: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.” With Powers faculty members Vanessa Schukis (narration/vocals), Yas Ishibashi (piano/vocals), Todd Brunel (woodwinds), and guest African drum and dance artist Nurudafina Abena

  • Bringing Rain to the Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
    Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 10:00 & 11:00 am
    Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave, Belmont
    About the story: From Amazon.com: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.” With Powers faculty members Vanessa Schukis (narration/vocals), Yas Ishibashi (piano/vocals), Todd Brunel (woodwinds), and guest African drum and dance artist Nurudafina Abena

  • Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack, Moo 
    Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 10:00 & 11:00 am
    Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Ave, Belmont
    About the story: From Publisher’s Weekly: “Farmer Brown is dumbfounded when his cows discover an old typewriter in the barn and begin experimenting. Things really get out of hand...when the cows begin standing up for their rights.” With Powers faculty members Vanessa Schukis (narration/vocals), Yas Ishibashi (piano/vocals), Todd Brunel (woodwinds)

  • Bringing Rain to the Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
    Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 11:30 am
    Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street, Arlington
    About the story: From Amazon.com: A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.” With Powers faculty members Vanessa Schukis (narration/vocals), Yas Ishibashi (piano/vocals), Todd Brunel (woodwinds), and guest African drum and dance artist Nurudafina Abena

 

Check out a clip from our February 2012 Musical Story Program!

 

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