Monday, December 14, 2015

Winter Showcase

Matt McNabb, Opera for All Teaching Artist

Well it has been a busy week here at Opera for All! The students at all of our schools presented their Winter Showcases! What a marvelous culmination of 13 weeks of hard work. Just imagine, the students and teaching artists went to the Chicago History Museum, went to a performance of Mozart’s Lucio

Silla, attended a performance of Carmen and the Bull with Chicago Opera Playhouse, created a story for each class opera, completed a first draft of the operas, and had guest composers in the classrooms creating songs with the students. Whew!

We had the privilege to see and hear the students tell us about these experiences, and they sang very unique and wonderful class songs. From 4th graders at Disney singing their hearts out to the strains of “Hot Dogzilla” to 5th graders at Healy bringing tears to our eyes with their moving ballad “Before the Tyrant Struck”, we are truly blown away by the imagination and empathy shown by our students.

After a well deserved holiday break, we will truly be looking forward to bringing our operas to life in the Spring! Make sure you’re there to see them! Bring friends!