Story telling

Telling stories with a musical touch

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) — The Black Hills Chamber Music Festival stopped by General Beadle Elementary School in Rapid City on June 29 to tell “The Tortoise and the Hare” musically. By pairing a violin and double bass to tell a story, the band says it adds a memorable experience for kids.

“The Tortoise and the Hare” is just one of many stories to which the Black Hills Chamber Music Festival has added music. Each story has illustrations projected onto a screen that follow the story, and instruments are designated for each character. As the characters play across the screen, the instruments change speed and pitch depending on where the character is in the story. After the story is told, they organize what they call the musical zoo, a chance for children to try

“What I ask them to do is they put one hand on the bass and the other hand, and they swing the bow back and forth. And they can feel the vibrations through the floor, they can feel it through the cavity, the box of the instrument and it’s an opportunity for them to be up close, close and personal. Meet our musicians and the musicians give them their first violin lesson,” said Michael Hill, Executive Director of the Black Hills Chamber Music Festival.

Hill hopes this program will encourage curiosity about music and specifically string programs in their communities.

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