Musical Magic for Kids back for the summer in Oro Valleyby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jul. 01, 2013, under Press Releases
the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance this summer for an engaging
experience geared towards youth the whole family can enjoy, featuring music,
dance and theatre
June 25, 2013 —With extensive research supporting arts education, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) has strived to create free opportunities for youth throughout the year.
addition to in-school music and visual arts programs, SAACA hosts a free music
engagement series each month at Oro Valley Town Hall Council Chambers, 11000 N.
July 6 at 10 a.m., families can experience one of these performances first-hand
during Musical Magic for Kids. SAACA has partnered with the Civic Orchestra of
Tucson to present a musical adventure using diverse instruments, including
violin, cello, ukelele, guitar, ocarina, piano and more.
Magic for Kids exists through partnerships with the area’s most acclaimed arts
organizations – including the Music and Dance Academy, Tucson Pops Orchestra
and Civic Orchestra of Tucson.
is a not-for-profit organization creating, preserving and expanding arts in
Southern Arizona through collaborations in the community. The organization
presents hundreds of performances and events each year and administers music
programs in four school districts.
education has been a key element to the organizations mission since its
inception in 1997. Studies have shown arts integration for youth leads to
higher SAT scores and GPAs, lower dropout rates and positive cognitive
development. Research supporting the arts continues to arise and justify the
need for arts engagement in every community, whether in school or elsewhere.
just the past two years, SAACA has collaborated to present: interactive theatre
and dance, instrument petting zoos, master classes with world-renowned jazz instructors,
complimentary performing arts tickets for youth, film screenings of a
mid-1900’s American-loved music series hosted by Leonard Bernstein, and Musical
Gold in the Morning, a daily music listening program introducing classical
music to K-5 students through live and recorded music.
Musical Magic for Kids monthly series exist through the support of the Town of
Oro Valley, Oro Valley Community Foundation and community members Bill Adler and
Keve and Irma Sankman.
Musical Magic for Kids
many years, SAACA helped produce a music series for families called Musical
Magic for Kids in Oro Valley, partnering with organizations like the Music and
Dance Academy to deliver quality, animated programs for children.
a time when art classes have been decreased within many schools, these programs
offer a supplemental artistic outlet for kids, who can benefit in many
music and movement classes offered through the Academy enhance the motor,
communication and social skills of young students. The environment created
through the series introduces all ages to the world of art through various
mind, body and vocal practices.
participate on the rug by the performers, said Music and Dance Academy Director
Nina Tishkevich, “as we take them on a journey, just like a magic carpet.”
concerts offer an intimate experience for young children and their families
where they can explore the sights, sounds and workings of instruments and
dance. Audience can listen, laugh, dance and sing as each show becomes a unique
and rewarding experience.
Musical Merriment – Saturday, July 6
Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Enjoy the Evans
Family Musical Merriment with a series of musical adventure stories. Hear
diverse instruments including violin, cello, ukelele, guitar, ocarina, piano
and more. Participate in terrific tales and storytelling in a whole new way. It
will be a noisemaking narrative, melodic myth, fusion fable and singing saga.
The Inter-planetary Adventures of Peppy the Poodle
Traveling Circus – Saturday, Aug. 3
Music and Dance Academy of Oro Valley
will feature music from Holst’s The Planets, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance,
Rimsky-Korsakoff’s Flight of the Bumblebee and many more classical favorites!
The story takes listeners on a trip with a traveling circus, led by Peppy the
Poodle. This isn’t just an ordinary circus, however, as the varied animal acts
travel through space to reach their performance destinations. Young listeners
will be encouraged to help “perform” the various circus tricks.
Featured performers include Deena Reedy on flute, Jessica Campbell on bassoon,
Lisa Gollenberg on horn, with music arrangements by Jessica Campbell and script
by Deena Reedy.
String Family Circus – Saturday, Sept. 7
Music and Dance Academy of Oro Valley
families are invited to join in this magical concert, where a string quartet
will take you on a wonderful journey around the world. Discover the opportunity
to learn about the string family through a concert, featuring Jose Reyes on
violin, Amber Reed on viola and Robert Chamberlain on cello. Transport to
Vienna, Puerto Rico and Argentina, among other countries, while learning the
different musical elements and compositional techniques that make these
instruments so wonderful. Audience members will have the opportunity to assist
the string ensemble by clapping, singing and even conducting.
Magic for Kids
When: First Saturdays, now through
Where: Town of Oro Valley’s Council Chambers, 11000 N.
La Canada Dr.
Phone: (520) 797-3959
About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona
Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists
to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce
strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and
individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective
communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in
the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and
other programs. The Alliance
also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the
young and the old.
The Southern Arizona
Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts
Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and
cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the
largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the
group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business,
governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona
that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for
years to come.
For more information about programs and events produced by the
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance,
go to www.saaca.org.