by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. ~ Former President Gerald Ford
There are many resources available to help parents choose the right activities, environments and influences for their children. The development stages are prime time to introduce them to a variety of activities that will not only help them grow into productive and inquisitive individuals, but foster their creativity while having fun.
“Psychologists, neuroscientists and experts in early childhood development have done studies with children that show music education does more for children than just bring them joy,” explained Julie Hanney, liscensed Kindermusik instructor and director of early childhood education at Cascade School of Music. “It also helps their brain cells make the connections needed for just about every kind of intelligence, from literacy skills to emotional skills to physical control to enhanced creativity.”
The Cascade School of Music offers Kindermusik classes for children up to five years old, and is based on research done by early childhood experts. Each song, game, story, dance and instrument activity is designed for fun, and also benefits inhibitory control (putting a space between a thought and an action), quantitative and social skills; and physical and language development.
“With Kindermusik classes, each month you receive a new CD of music as well as other at-home digital materials to help parents (a child’s very best teacher!) continue their music education,” Hanney explained. “Children enrolled in Kindermusik classes also receive an age appropriate instrument each month…The quality of Kindermusik’s materials from the curriculum to the CDs is truly excellent and won’t make parents’ skin crawl when your child requests it over and over!
“Because music is fun, it engages children in a special way and provides the most wonderful platform for teaching so many skills: physical, emotional and mental,” she said. “Age-appropriate music education in a fun and socially accepting environment is truly one of the best gifts you can give your child or grandchild to help them have the skills they need to be successful in the future.”
The Cascade School of Music offers tuition assistance and discounts for siblings. 541-382-6866, www.ccschoolofmusic.org
The Eugene Ballet Company begins its 35th performance season with ballet’s epic story of Cinderella. A selection of dancers from the Central Oregon School of Ballet have also been asked to take the stage at the Bend performance on November 8 at 7:30pm.
In Cinderella Toni Pimble’s original choreography and Prokofiev’s beautiful score bring this fairy tale to life. With something for everyone—romance, comedy, fantasy and new shoes—Cinderella remains one of the great ballets of all time.
Twenty six students from Central Oregon School of Ballet have been invited to take the stage in the role of sprites and gnomes for this one-time performance at Bend High Auditorium. Central Oregon School of Ballet directors, Zygmunt and Sarah Sawiel, are honored that Eugene Ballet Company continues to invite their students to take part of their Bend shows year after year.
It’s a busy season for the students of Central Oregon School of Ballet as they are learning parts for Cinderella as well as gearing up for their annual holiday production of the Nutcracker Ballet.
At Bend High Auditorium, Nutcracker will take place on December 6 at 3pm and 7pm and December 7 at 3pm. This is a traditional and classic take on the Nutcraker Ballet where Tchaikovsky’s timeless melodies come to life with elaborate stage sets, beautiful costumes and skillful performances.
Since its opening in 1981, Central Oregon School of Ballet has become known for its city-wide performances and traditional ballet instruction to young people. Advanced students from the school have continued their studies with national ballet schools such as the Joffrey Ballet School in New York; the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C.;the Boston Ballet School in Massachusetts, and the Nutmeg Ballet in Lexington, Connecticut.
In mid-December 1964, I Want to Hold Your Hand began playing on U.S. radio stations. When the Fab Four played The Ed Sullivan Show two months later, captivating 60 percent of the American viewing audience, the British Invasion had officially begun. Before you could say “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” Beatlemania swept the country.
The world’s first boy band acted adorably goofy and good-natured in their radio and television interviews, especially during the first wave of Beatlemania. They also dropped the “roll” from rock ’n’ roll and replaced it with “pop,” combining for the first time rock and popular music in a unique fashion without losing rock’s primal, driving sound.
The Beatles were quickly followed by The Rolling Stones, who were perceived by the American public as a much more ‘edgy’ and even dangerous band. This image distinguished them from the Beatles, who had become more acceptable and parent-friendly. The Rolling Stones appealed more to an ‘outsider’ demographic and popularized, for young people at least, the rhythm and blues genre. The Rolling Stones would become the biggest band other than The Beatles to come out of the British Invasion.
The British Invasion was one of the watershed developments in American popular music history and is credited with inspiring the free speech movement and countless other social changes. During this year’s 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, this raises a question which has fueled arguments since both bands were covering Chuck Berry songs. Who’s better? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
On Friday, October 24, Tower Theatre in Bend will host Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shoot Out with these two legendary bands engaging in an on-stage duel courtesy of renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. The show consists of six alternating mini sets with both bands coming together on stage for an encore.
Fans must choose between Sir Mick Jagger leading the Stones through bluesy, soul rock or the Beatles trawling through their catalog of classics.
Since 2011, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash have been going head-to-head across the Western United States in casinos, clubs and performing arts centers. The show performed a three month residency earlier this year at the Harrah’s Reno showroom. The next stop is Harrah’s Laughlin for a long residency. The show in Bend is part of a 110 show tour of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.
The band members exchange tongue-in-cheek barbs about the rivalry between the bad boys of London and the lads from Liverpool. “In fact, the Beatles and the Stones were fast friends,” said Young Hutchison, who plays “Keith Richards” in the show. “But if you were a 60’s kid, you had to be one or other – not both.”
“It was Mick Jagger who inducted the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Chris Paul Overall, who plays “Paul.”
Abbey Road promise a 30-song, hit-packed chronological set, opening with I Want To Hold Your Hand and the Beatlemania years, to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, before building through the band’s “flower power” period. Jumping Jack Flash will perform three crowd-pleasing sets guaranteed to get even Beatles fans on their feet dancing.
Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shoot Out performs October 24 at at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 - $55, www.towertheatre.org, 541-317-0700