Time: 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Lower shelter house
Your children will experience a live violin concert by children! Kids will be introduced to the regional music education group Strings, an organization dedicated to professional personalized violin instruction. They will also have the opportunity to hold and handle musical instruments.
Strings, Inc., is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction according to the Suzuki method for students in south-central Indiana. Although located primarily in the Jasper-Ferdinand area, during its history Strings, Inc., has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties. The organization was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer stringed instrument instruction in their schools.
The Suzuki method of music education was developed in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) in 1945 and was introduced to the United States in the 1960s. The Suzuki method is based on the mother tongue approach to learning. Just as all children learn to speak their native language through a natural process of listening to, imitating, and repeating what they hear, so can children first learn to play the violin and subsequently learn how to read notes. Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy is designed to develop concentration, awareness, and attention in student’s growing appreciation for the art of music. The Suzuki method is recognized and used worldwide as a great tool for the training of the arts. Unlike larger city schools that offer an orchestra program, local school districts do not provide stringed instrument education.
Strings, Inc., is the only organized string music education program in the Dubois, Spencer, Pike and Martin County area. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Strings-Inc-503194133092974/ and https://stringsinc.wordpress.com/.
Story by Nicholas Oldland
Musical adapted and directed by Cody Goeppner and Selena Muller
A Project ACORN event
Time: 12:00 noon to 12:30 and 1:30 to 2:00
Since July 16, children have been participating in high energy, fun-filled, Sunday-afternoon theater workshops learning the fundamentals of singing, acting, and dancing. Led by Forest park graduates and siblings Cody Goeppner and Selena Muller, they participated in a range of activities including theater games, personal coaching, and creating props, costumes, and sets. The workshops culminated in the preparation of a fun, original, musical adaptation written by Cody and Selena featuring the children’s story, “Big Bear Hug”, by Nicholas Oldland—a tale about a bear who loves to give big hugs to everything, including creatures bears are known to eat! Going through the forest as a real tree hugger, he encounters a tough situation he must fix. Join them to find out what the bear does to solve his problem and keep giving big bear hugs!
Last year one of the big hits for the children at the Folk Fest was the musical adaptation of "Ferdinand the Bull (The Musical)" led by Kris Lasher, Leah Robling, and Deb Abell. The play played a major role in the eventual public mural art painted by muralist Lisa Marie Thalhammer on her cousin Keith Fritz's building at 1440 Main. Coincidentally, a major animated film by Blue Sky Productions and 20th Century Fox adapted from the classic children's story and simply titled Ferdinand is set for release on December 15. The Project ACORN and Folk Fest committees are grateful that Cody and Selena are leading another original theatre performance for this year's festival.
Cody recently moved back to his hometown, Ferdinand, to manage his family’s business, Muller True Value Hardware. He spent the last five years professionally performing and directing Broadway-style productions in Kansas City, MO. His sister, Selena, has most recently managed an organic horse farm in upstate New York. Selena has performed in several productions in leading and supporting roles. This fall, she is pursuing studies in equestrian arts. Both are excited to be involved in this endeavor promoting the arts in the community.
Ferdinand's Project ACORN is an all-volunteer, all-ages, community outreach program--standing for Art, Community, Originality, Rhythm, and Nature--that grew out of the spirit of the Ferdinand Folk Festival. Each season community-minded citizens offer 15 free workshops, hikes, documentary film nights, discussion groups, theatrical events, field trips, classes, musical instrument-making classes, concerts, and more. So far, in the first 15 months of the program, 74 events have been offered by dozens of area enthusiasts, reaching hundreds of people. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement of the 15 autumn offerings in the coming weeks. For more information about Ferdinand's Project ACORN, visit https://www.facebook.com/ferdinandprojectacorn/.