An Upbeat, Contemporary View!
Our rock ‘n’ roll-turned opera soprano, Yvette Lewis, lays the foundation for an appreciation and understanding of opera, as the technical and artistic elements are examined in a fun-filled, easy-to-understand manner.
Yvette incorporates operatic arias, storytelling and audience participation in this program. Students are intrigued as they act, sing, play instruments, and participate along with the artist to discover the joy of opera. Each component of So, This Is Opera! has been carefully crafted to enhance the operatic learning experience of students.
If opera immersion is desired, a residency program is available.
Grades K-6 & 7-12
April 2010: Yvette Lewis was appointed by President Obama to The Commission on Presidential Scholars
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Chris Marksbury; CM Photos
|Solid Brass Quartet|
Music On A Budget!
Solid Brass offers all the programs you love designed for smaller budgets. Beat The Brass, Where in the World, Where in the Country, Music Meets the Presidents and Musical History Tour of NJ are all available with the smaller ensemble for a lower price. The programs offer the same great entertainment and educational value – featuring music, humor, instrument demonstrations, audience interaction and a *PowerPoint presentation (*no PowerPoint in Beat the Brass).
|Spring Valley Puppet Theater|
Who can resist the magic of puppetry?
The Spring Valley Puppet Theater combines delightful original scripts, appealing characters, beautifully handcrafted puppets, lighting, music and humor, all within the art of puppetry.
These highly entertaining productions are drawn from fairy tales, folktales and fables, and feature hand and rod puppets. Artist Michael Graham designs and builds his incredible puppets and sets. He also writes the scripts, choreographs the action, creates the voice and music tapes and skillfully performs the production himself.
In addition to an entertaining performance, the audience is given a behind-the-scenes look at the technique and artistry used in Puppet Theater, and a demonstration of favorite characters. Students also participate in a question & answer period in this wonderful educational experience.
Michael Graham’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” was awarded the “Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry” by UNIMA-USA, The American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette.
Jack & The Beanstalk • The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing • The Three Wishes • A Holiday Fantasy • The Lazy Fox*
*Bilingual version available
Click here for video of Spring Valley Puppet's Jack & The Beanstalk