Festival of the Sound’s Music Scores 2022 presents “Wandering with Wonder” with Samantha Whelan-Kotkas, Mark Limacher and Walter MacDonald Whitebear
Inspired by the land, water and sky, ‘Wandering with Wonder’ is an immersive musical storytelling experience using the arts to reconnect students with nature. On this journey, students will meet a magical young woman, Wonder, who guides them through a journey with her friends, Turtle, Eagle, Beaver and Bear. Through her eyes, we experience the transformational power of nature, music and friendship as she goes in search of her lost song.
This Spring, Parry Sound elementary school students will collaborate with Artists Samantha Whelan-Kotkas, Mark Limacher and Walter MacDonald White Bear. This incredible trio of teaching artists will bring an exciting multi-disciplinary, educational experience to our students that inspires imagination and creativity through music.
Through individual class visits in Parry Sound, students Grades 4-6 will hear instruments, teachings, and stories of the land taught by Walter – a Cree singer-songwriter, educator and motivational speaker, originally from Moose Factory First Nation. Reflecting on these teachings, students will create their own compositions with pianist Mark Limacher, an accomplished composer and improviser.
Ultimately, students will gain first-hand experience using music as an avenue for self-expression, reflecting on the process through storytelling with trumpet player, and educator Samantha Whelan-Kotkas. Samantha’s boundless energy, extensive education, musicianship and understanding of multi-disciplinary performance make her stand out as one of Canada’s top performers.
This year’s two-week virtual residency will culminate in a final performance on April 8th featuring music created together with our students and our visiting artists!
This adapted version for Parry Sound students of Wandering with Wonder is inspired by Samantha Whelan-Kotkas’ immersive, outdoor work of the same name.