Youth Commission Ensemble + Instrument Petting Zoo at Highlight! Burlington
Young Tradition Vermont + Instrument Petting Zoo
- 1:00pm–1:45pm Instrument Petting Zoo installation: The Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) is a collection of instruments with the express purpose of letting people play them: the sign says “please touch the instruments!” Instruments can be the keys that help open doors to the world of music and dance for children, which is at the heart of what Young Tradition Vermont is about. The petting zoo is designed to facilitate the discovery of instruments, the music they can make, and the movement that goes with the music. The zoo includes a variety of traditional acoustic instruments — mostly stringed instruments like fiddles, ukuleles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc. Many of the instruments come with a story that will be shared.
- 2:00pm–2:45pm Youth Commission Ensemble performance: The Youth Commission is one of the 30 programs managed by Young Tradition Vermont. Each year a current or previous member of the Young Tradition Touring Group is selected for the YTV commission for the year (July through the following June). The person selected is charged with creating a small ensemble (4-6 members) and a program of original compositions/arrangements with mentors/master artists of their choosing, which is presented at performances, festivals and other events. Romy Munkres is the commissioned artist selected for 2019/2020, and has created an ensemble that also includes her brother Ben Munkres and musician friends Abi Sandy, Hadley Stockwell and Fern O’Donnell. Romy has been a winner at the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest, is an artist leader for the Touring Group, and has performed with them and her family band throughout Vermont as well as with the Touring Group in Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, Japan, and metro New York/New Jersey. Here is a video from the 2019/2020 ensemble’s first rehearsal at the Burlington Violin Shop on 10/5/19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ENhyuHHPwM.
- 3:00pm–3:45pm Instrument Petting Zoo installation re-opens (see description above)
More information about Highlight! Burlington here: https://highlight.community
More information about this event here: https://highlight.community/event/young-traditions-vermont/
More information about Young Tradition Vermont here: www.youngtraditionvermont.org