Jennifer Wheeler, director of training for the Plano Symphony Orchestra, wished to create a live performance sequence that was family-oriented, instructional and interactive to show kids about how music can inform a narrative. However with the COVID-19 pandemic, discovering a solution to create an interactive live performance was not a straightforward job. However the gentle bulb went off in Wheeler’s head when she realized she might incorporate a storyteller to go along with the orchestra.
Gwen Caldwell, an expert storyteller, instructed Wheeler a few story she created referred to as “A Lady Who Has No Story,” which is about a bit lady who doesn’t know find out how to inform tales, sing or play an instrument and appears like she has no solution to categorical herself. Nevertheless, via a sequence of adventures, she learns find out how to inform her story via music and picks out an instrument to play.
And from that story, the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s “Storytelling By way of Music” household live performance sequence was born. They carried out it in Frisco first in March, nevertheless it’s now coming to Plano this Sunday.
The 45-minute performances are tailor-made for households with youngsters ages 2-12. The Sunday efficiency options the brass and percussion households to show kids how music can set a temper and even outline a personality by utilizing songs from “Frozen” and “Star Wars” and different well-known classical works.
Wheeler mentioned her concept behind the live shows was to point out how songs can painting so much even with out phrases. For instance, it may well outline a personality like Darth Vader or enable you perceive what’s occurring with out phrases like Felix Mendelssohn’s traditional “Wedding ceremony March.”
“I assumed this theme could be a good way to introduce each common film music and classical music to younger kids,” Wheeler mentioned. “With Gwen’s assist, I’ve woven traditional music into her story with a sequence of cues to ascertain characters and occasions. It has been a very enjoyable venture.”
For the interactive a part of Plano Symphony Orchestra’s live performance, Caldwell asks the youngsters what they suppose occurred primarily based on the music and what it means. On this manner, Wheeler mentioned the live performance can nonetheless be interactive with out bringing youngsters up on the stage as they might usually do. And numerous devices, just like the trumpet and tuba, are launched at completely different factors through the live performance.
And this sort of live performance is exclusive — other than Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” there aren’t many live shows that incorporate a storyteller, Wheeler mentioned.
Due to COVID-19, seats are restricted. Wheeler mentioned they’ve a few 25% capability on the Plano Courtyard Theater, which is the place the live performance might be held. They’re promoting 110 seats out of the over 400 seats within the courtyard theater. Marked traces and ushers will assist facilitate social distancing, and masks are required. Musicians can have their temperatures taken, however patrons won’t.
The live shows will happen on Sunday, April 18 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the Plano Courtyard Theater — 1509 H Ave. To get tickets for the primary exhibiting at 3 p.m., click here. To get tickets for the second exhibiting at 4:30 p.m., click here.
The second household sequence live performance might be at North Texas Performing Arts Plano at The Retailers at Willow Bend on Might 2 and can characteristic the woodwind and strings households, together with a pupil narrator and dancers, Wheeler mentioned. One other efficiency of the second household live performance sequence might be held in McKinney in Might as nicely.
“I imply, we’re simply completely happy to be again on the stage, actually,” Wheeler mentioned. “As a result of there are such a lot of teams that, financially, it doesn’t make sense. However we’re so decided to not less than have one thing on the market so we are able to fill our halls once more. It was actually vital to us to nonetheless present this content material.”
To maintain up with the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming live performance dates and places, go to their web site by clicking here.