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2002-2003:
Adventures of the Black Dot -
The Island of Music (revised)

Adventures of the Black Dot
 
"Children and adults alike were wide-eyed..." - Pioneer Press
"An ingenious tale for kids..." - Star Tribune
"Deserves to be heard again, and often." - Pioneer Press

The Minnesota Chorale presented Adventures of the Black Dot, its staged choral storybook for the young in both a matinee for student groups and an evening performance for families on March 14, 2003 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota. Newly revised and extended, the work was zestfully performed by most of the singers and instrumentalists who had participated in the 2001 premiere; they were joined by a new children's chorus, Angelica Contanti, and a new accordionist, Los Angeles-based James Nightingale. The piece was restaged by director Kari Margolis, and the accompanying video animation was expanded and updated by multimedia artist Tony Brown. Writer Judy McGuire and composer Janika Vandervelde collaborated with conductor Kathy Saltzman Romey on a new prelude to the piece that efficiently introduced its story, dramatic personae, and musical themes. The performances coincided with the release of a children's book version of the Black Dot story, illustrated by Oregon artist Joanna Priestley and self-published by writer Judy McGuire. Black Dot was professionally recorded on March 16 and 17 in Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis; editing is currently in progress. Prior to the March performances, the Chorale's new, 12-page curriculum guide to Black Dot, prepared by curriculum specialist Joanna Cortright of the Minnesota Center for Arts Education, was distributed without charge to all schools taking part in the performances.




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