The NoteworthyKids Music Club – Through the Stage Door!

I really love the Noteworthy Kids Music Club. Both my daughters have been involved in it… and my talented sister-in-law, Patricia Plumley, does choir and voice with the kids. It is a great opportunity for children to discover music, instruments and joy of a show! I just got a press release about the upcoming registration and thought I would share. It is cost effective, the time commitment is not onerous and the kids enjoy it.

Symphony for Kids – LIVE!

with NoteworthyKids Music Club and Mayhem at the Museum of Music

Children of today are born into a world of iPhones, iPods, BlackBerrys and computers. But, do they know where the music they hear comes from and how it is made? For 15 years the Vancouver Island Symphony has been passionately addressing this very issue and has come up with some unique solutions…

What began as a seed in 2005 has now become a full-grown movement, one that’s exciting, energized and still growing! Kids ages 7-13, from around the Central Island, can join the NoteworthyKids Music Club. Members walk through the Stage Door at The Port Theatre, see musicians and their instruments, take a sneak peek behind the scenes, enjoy extra-special events, and experience a symphony LIVE – with over 50 musicians on stage.

The first NoteworthyKids event this year is on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. with registration and orientation. On a typical NoteworthyKids night the Back Stage area is filled with excitement as children in bright coloured T-shirts mingle with musicians and VI Symphony staff. Explains Bobbi Kurtz, Symphony Outreach and Education Coordinator; “Music comes to life for kids when they meet the musicians one on one, talk with them and ask questions.” NoteworthyKids also watch a rehearsal of the orchestra with guest artists, like Cirque de la Symphonie! They see how conductor Pierre Simard leads the orchestra and prepares for the concert. Adds Bobbi, “Just being able to see everything LIVE is so different from listening to it on CD or iPod.”

 

Symphony Community Day

And another great event – on Saturday, October 20, kids, parents, family and anyone in the community are invited to this season’s first FREE Symphony Community Day. Activities begin with the highly popular Musical Instrument Zoo (11 a.m. to 12 noon), followed by the NoteworthyKids Music Club Family Event – Meet a Musician (11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Everyone is then welcomed to see what happens at a Symphony Rehearsal (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.). Complimentary tickets (required) are available through the Port Theatre at 754-8550.

 

Mayhem at the Museum of Music

On Friday, January 18 (taking school bookings now!) – it’s Mayhem in the Museum of Music. Over 45,000 elementary school kids have experienced the Vancouver Island Symphony performing LIVE on stage with the annual Education Concerts, where kids are bussed from schools to the theatre. Says Bobbi, “Mayhem in the Museum of Music is considered to be one of our conductor Pierre Simard’s best-written education programs. It is about a night-time museum security guard and composer named Jimmy who works in the Composers Hall. When he asks for help, ghost composers emerge from the displays to give him tips. Pierre plays all the characters. There’s fabulous lighting and sound effects. It is a fantastic show!”

 

For information about kids’ programs and registration to the NoteworthyKids Music Club call 250-754-0177 or visit www.vancouverislandsymphony.com. (NoteworthyKids Music Club costs only $40 for the entire season, and includes a T-shirt and tickets to a concert. Bursaries are available for kids who require assistance.)

 

 

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Two tickets to Barrage for Saturday, May 14th. Best music quote tweet wins!

I am totally enjoying the Vancouver Island Symphony season! Great shows, musicians, singers and passion! What fun to see great talent in our city of Nanaimo.

Margo Holmes, is the Executive Director for the Vancouver Island Symphony and she has provided two tickets to the fundraising concert this Saturday night, featuring BARRAGE.

BARRAGE is a high-octane string group that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance brings its show to Nanaimo on Saturday May 14. The performance will take place at 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre. This public performances is part of the Barrage “HIGH STRUNG” tour and features and international cast that delivers an eclectic show at a feverish pace.

Here’s how you win… tweet a great music quote with the hashtag #VISNanaimo – keep it within 140 character and keep is family friendly please and thank you.  I will go through all the quotes and get a non Twitter person (yes, there are a few out there) to pick the winner. Deadline is 3 pm on Thursday, May 12th. Will announce the winner shortly after.

Here are some music quotes that may spark some ideas for you:

Music is the universal language of mankind.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight. – English Proverb

I think a good song is a good song is a good song.  Tim Finn

Thanks for playing!

Kim