MP’s quirky 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Wiegand, played Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 while the class practiced cursive writing. MP was only eight years old at the time, but something about the music calmed her. She learned to enjoy classical composers (and writing) thanks to this wonderful teacher.
With this thought in mind, the team attended the Portland Chamber Music Festival’s Free Family Fun Day at the USM Abromson Center in Portland last August. The Cute Potato kids had so much fun listening to the lively music, learning from the musicians, and viewing the instruments up close.
This year’s event promises to be even more fun. Before the concert, Peek-a-Boo Children’s Center will be hosting activities for children ages 3-7 in the lobby. There will be an interactive exhibit of musical instruments made of egg cartons, milk containers, paper towel rolls, and other simple household items. MP sees homemade drums and maracas in our future.
After the activities, kids ages 3-12 will be invited to a free, interactive concert at noon. The 45-minute event will feature musicians from the Portland Chamber Music Festival and a story by young writers from the Telling Room. The story, inspired by Dvorak’s American Quartet, highlights the adventures of a young squirrel named Asher Applegate.
MP is hoping the event will encourage the Cute Potato kids to see some more concerts during the festival. The generous staff at PCMF is allowing anyone 21-under to attend festival concerts free of charge. What a wonderful way to introduce young people to the music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Schubert.
FMI on the festival, visit here.