Does Music Transform Young Lives?
Yes! The Mendocino Music Festival and the Community Center of Mendocino invite you to spend an hour experiencing the transformative joy that music can bring to kids. Listen to nine-year old Frej Barty describe the process of developing a plot for the mini-opera we presented at last summer’s Operation Opera, Abduction From the Webaglio, part of our Community Center summer camp, and then enjoy a video of the performance. Share in the magic as CCM Program Director Peg Brown Levy and musician Mary Linklater help the children create a working musical instrument. Parents will also enjoy three heartwarming short videos illustrating how kids can grow and better connect with their communities and each other by making music together.
In July 2017 the Mendocino Music Festival and the Community Center of Mendocino will build on a solid tradition of making music with kids. In 2015 the Festival partnered with the Community Center to create Operation Opera, a fun week-long day camp. This exciting program brought Festival performers into the classroom and also allowed kids to experience many aspects of the Festival performance and organization up close. Last summer we added Operation Orchestra, bringing players from the different orchestral groups — strings, brass, and woodwinds — and culminated with a field trip to the Festival tent for a timpani demonstration and a chance to observe an orchestra rehearsal. We are pleased to announce that in 2017 we will be offering both of these great camps. Operation Opera will run July 10-14 and Operation Orchestra will run July 17-21. Don’t miss out!
No charge, thanks to the Mendocinio Music Festival and the Community Center of Mendocino. Reserve your space, and help us estimate materials for the children’s instrument-making activity, with free tickets.