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The Chenilles and the Symphony

 

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You can count on some staples from the Sisters' solo kid shows, favorites such as the "Hokey Pokey" dance-along and the "Kitchen Percussion Song," where they form an additional orchestra by inviting a handful of their young fans on stage to make music with them on everything but the kitchen sink. Of course, they'll also do the "Harmony Song" and teach how to sing their trademark three-part harmonies. Talk about learning at the feet of the masters!

And speaking of learning, the Chenilles are not about dry educational songs or message songs. There'll be no MEAP material presented from the stage of the Michigan, thank goodness. But that does not mean that kids won't learn, or that they won't pay close attention. For example, contrary to classical custom, the Chenilles stand on stage left, in front of the cellos, rather than in the more typical spot for soloists, on the right side, in front of the violins. So the tips of the cello bows sometimes seem to point perilously close to the Chenille Sisters' . . . leading an observant young fan to ask after a concert, "Has anybody ever bowed you in the butt?" (The answer, happily, was no.)

What the kids will clearly see and learn from the Chenilles and the AASO, besides that cello bows and cellists are safe, is that making and listening to music is joyful, uplifting, and downright fun.

[Review published November 2006]    (end of article)

 

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