Extraordinary Communication with Youth

AAUW sponsored students and parents from Camden Forward School at the Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concert last Saturday. The Enchantment Theatre Company danced the story of Stravinsky’s “Firebird” with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As far away as the dancers and the puppets were from us at the top of Verizon Hall, they fully demonstrated the story of Prince Ivan, his Princess, the wicked magician and the Firebird.

The pre-concert activity with Richard Mannoia prepared children and adults for Stravinsky’s rhythms. He had us clapping, singing and stomping to the syllables of words – ice cream flavors – he elicited from the audience such as chocolate cookie dough, coconut, pistachio. He has exceptional sensitivity to children, commands their attention in communicating what music is about.

He could give a master class to educators on how to engage young people. He is also a clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic and a group call Vision Into Art.

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