Fine Arts

Fine Arts (X) - Music (X) - Theater (X)

Gershwin

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Track Listing:

1.   Strike up the Band 2'44
       (arr. John Green)
       Boston Pops Orchestra/John Williams

2.   Rhapsody in Blue 16'14
       (orchestrated by Ferde Grofe)
       Leonard Bernstein, Piano and Conductor
       Columbia Symphony Orchestra

3.   Prelude No. 1 1'24
       (arr. Irwin Kostal)
       Katia & Marielle Labeque, Pianos

Acting in Vocal Performance

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A young performer is preparing a well-known and challenging song in this video adapted from Broadway or Bust. She works with a coach to find a successful way to connect to the song and accommodate her type of voice and temperament. He suggests specific ideas to think about while singing and uses a scene partner to help her build the interpretation.

Fine Arts and the Common Core

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Ideas and resources for teaching the Fine Arts aligned with Common Core State Standards.

African Art and Movement | Arts After School

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Teaching artist Yolantha Harrison-Pace visited Hogsett Elementary School in Danville to work with teacher Chassity Brady at a summer arts camp for grades 3-5. Harrison-Pace teaches African music, culture, and dance. For this camp she focused on an Anansi tale. Anansi is an animal trickster in the folklore of Africa and the Caribbean. Students learned about movement and tempo, as well as call and response. Harrison-Pace explains how discipline used in the arts can carry over into the classroom.

MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

 

GPS: Music and Sound

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Maxine and Hannah caught the Omni Theater movie "STOMP: Worldbeat" at the Science Museum of Minnesota. STOMP is a musical group that finds rhythm everywhere. They make music with anything and everything from drumming barrels to sweeping brooms. STOMP not only had them tapping their feet, it inspired an important science question. Maxine and Hannah are curious: how can they make their own musical instruments from simple objects? SciGirls en Espa&ntilde:ola video version and bilingual lesson plans are available under support materials.

The Role of the Arts

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The North Dakota Council on the Arts is a wonderful organization that provides funding to various arts groups and artists throughout the state. The story examines how arts impact areas such as quality of life, economic development and well being in a community. Come along now as we travel to Wahpeton, New Town, Watford City, Langdon and Jamestown to see the impact the organization is having on our state.

Female Student's Winning Solo

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In her winning performance featured in this video from Broadway or Bust, Elizabeth Romero combines musical and dramatic elements in a way that makes her performance compelling. Although the song “Disneyland” from the musical Smile is not long, the performer gives a full sense of the character’s journey and what is important to that character.

Unfinished Spaces

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The Cuban Revolution changed over time, particularly for creative professionals like the architects who designed the innovative National Art Schools. What happens when the initial moment of a revolution gives way to an established ideology? This video clip and accompanying lesson plan provide insight into the Cold War Era by exploring the impact of Soviet involvement in an emerging Cuban state.

Macbeth | The Metropolitan Opera

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Macbeth is a tale of power, superstition, and political intrigue driven by the title character and his scheming wife, whose fascinating, highly charged relationship finds rich depiction in Verdi’s ominous score. The opera highlights the ferocious royal couple’s ruthlessness in sinuously menacing music and also contains some of Verdi’s most stirring choral writing. Macbeth is Verdi’s first Shakespearean adaptation, which he wrote early in his career but returned to revise almost 20 years later, a clear indication that even at the height of his success and artistic powers, the composer considered this score to be an essential part of his oeuvre.

Connecting Emotion to Lyrics

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While performing “Before the Summer Ends,” from Dracula, The Musical, the young singer in this video from Broadway or Bust imagines a personal experience that helps him understand and present the emotions of the lyrics. Connecting personal experiences, actual events, or situations you could imagine to the words in a song is one way to build an interpretation. The connection does not need to be completely parallel: as the director notes in the video, a single word in the text may open up a connection to the piece. In this performance, the singer is imagining the emotions that he would experience if his girlfriend asked him to make a difficult promise.

Preparing to Perform

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A voice coach works with a young singer to help her connect her feelings and aspirations to the meaning of the song in this video from Broadway or Bust. The coach suggests that she become more vulnerable in her performance and open up to the emotions that the song evokes. The coach also helps the singer lessen the physical tension she is feeling by swinging her around as she is rehearsing.

Music and Theater: Pamela Z | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow performance artist Pamela Z as she creates a multimedia performance that explores her primary instrument, her voice.

Otello | The Metropolitan Opera

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Shakespeare’s meditation on the downfall of a volatile hero and the poison of jealousy finds its match in Verdi’s bold, turbulent music. The opera thrusts the audience into the turbulent world of the protagonists—characters of deep heroism, unmitigated malice, idealistic love, and jealous despair—and their larger-than-life passions. Otello is the second of Verdi’s three great Shakespeare adaptations and a devastating portrayal of a man who is deceived into murdering the woman he loves.

Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Opera | Music Arts Toolkit

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This field trip takes students behind the scenes at an opera to learn a little bit about opera, careers in opera, and how a production comes together.

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