Carnegie Hall's Fall FAMILY DAY Celebrates Storytelling Through Music, 9/23

Carnegie Hall's Fall FAMILY DAY Celebrates Storytelling Through Music, 9/23On Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 4 p.m., children and families will have the opportunity to take part in free, interactive musical activities as part of Fall Family Day in Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing. This musical open house celebrates storytelling, with master storytellers and acclaimed musicians coming together for a variety of fun activities throughout the day. Children will have the chance to contribute to stories through music, dance, and visual art, as well as build and perform on their own storytelling sticks. Families will also get an introduction to film scoring and learn how a soundtrack can affect the mood of a story. The day will be highlighted by high-energy performances from hip-hop duo Soul Science Lab. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and families are welcome to drop by for a visit or stay throughout the day for a musical adventure of their choice.

Families with infants ages two or younger are also invited to participate in OTOYOTOY!, an immersive theater piece offered in Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing on October 21 and 22 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Children play in a world where sounds and words are shared, mimicked, and transformed, with performers and audience members delighting in the joy of making music together. Conceived by Zoë Palmer and Thomas Cabaniss, with Saskia Lane, this vocal hullaballoo is appropriate for babies and toddlers up to two years old.

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Fall Family Day Activities on Sunday, September 23 (Additional Details)

Welcome Center
Charlotte Blake Alston sets the tone by telling short stories as participants enter the event.

Center Stage
Soul Science Lab duo Chen Lo and Asante Amin are dreamers: They believe that you can make whatever you imagine become real. These Afrofuturist, modern-day griots take participants on an adventure into the power of imagination, weaving stories through music and words. Creative Stage's Dancing Storytellers explore how to use movement to tell a story.

Improvised Tales
Participants become storytellers as they use their imaginations to help Riza Printup make up madcap tales on the spot, and listen as a jazz band improvises music and sounds to fit their creations.

Spontaneous Sketches
Participants watch pictures come to life on wall-sized sheets of paper, as illustrator, storyteller and educator Jeff Hopkins draws, narrates and acts out a story on the spot while participants contribute sounds, movement, and their own colorful ideas.

Instrument Creation
Families have the chance to build storytelling sticks from recycled materials in this hands-on activity with Bash the Trash. Then they can play along with the Bash the Trash ensemble, which will perform original story songs.

Soundtrack Studio
Participants will learn the basics of film scoring and how music can affect the mood of a story from Gabriel Lugo and Frankie LeRoux in an activity designed by Rob Pollock.

Photo Station
Families capture memories of their visit to Carnegie Hall by taking photos with musical props in front of a backdrop of the legendary Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall's commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall's mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world's greatest artists, WMI's programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow's musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people's lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall's concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than half a million people each year engage in WMI's programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes 450,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI's Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over 110 orchestras in the US from Alaska to Puerto Rico, as well as internationally in Canada, Japan, Kenya, and Spain.

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