Create and Record Sound Effects for Movies Tech Workshop Tuesday, August 15, 1:00 PM

 

Sheet musicPresented by STYLE (Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education)Ages 12-18Sound/Audio is one of the most important pieces in giving Movies, TV, Video games, Radio and other performances the final mood and perspective for an audience. Most sounds that are heard in these art forms are created inside of a sound studio. This includes sound effects, sound tracks and often dialogue from the characters. This Art form is called Foley. STYLE will introduce Foley to the group, giving examples of Foley artists in action, and then we will give the group the opportunity to create their own sound effects to an already existing work. We will provide a script, instruments and other tools for the students to work from as they build their own sounds. We will record this performance with a mobile recording studio, and place the finished product on a web page built specifically for this library. This program is a great opportunity to collaborate with a team and learn about the power of sound and perspective. Please register online or call the library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Born in the Deep Woods Show Monday, August 7, 7:00 PM

 

Presented by Red Yarn. Family program, all ages welcome. The critters need your help to fix up an old log cabin in the woods. From burrows to bird nests, the animals work together while you sing, stomp, play and dance along. Registration not required, but space is limited.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini Thursday, July 27, 7:00 PM

Even though it was a disastrous flop in its 1904 premiere in Milan, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has emerged as one of the most popular operas ever written, performed dozens of times a year in opera houses all over the world. Why? Madama Butterfly is a touching story of a 19th century Japanese woman who is loved and then abandoned by an American naval officer. More importantly, though, Madama Butterfly contains some of the loveliest and most poignant music Puccini ever composed. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Raise the Roof and Sing Concert Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM

Presented by Nancy Stewart. Family program, all ages welcome. Throughout history people have used songs to inspire change, help work go faster, celebrate and make the planet a happier place. Sing along to new and familiar songs! Help celebrate the library’s birthday!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library

Opera Preview: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM

Mozart was a busy fellow in the summer of 1791, the last summer of his short life. He had a commission from the new Emperor for a “Coronation Opera” (which became La Clemenza di Tito in Prague in September) and also for a German language singspiel comedy for a talented impresario in Vienna. The singspiel, which opened as The Magic Flute in October, 1791, was a huge success. Finally Mozart had a money-making hit. But then, heart-breakingingly for posterity, he died at age 35. The Magic Flute has everything an opera-lover could want: serious life-and-death drama paired with some of the most rollicking comedy ever put on stage. Add in a hilarious feather-covered bird-catcher and a crazed Queen with dazzling high notes, and this opera goes over the top. You will laugh. You will cry. You will love this opera! This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

 

Opera Preview: Katya Kabanova by Leos Janacek Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM

Katya, in a soprano role, is a young wife in an unhappy upper middle class marriage. Her weak husband is an alcoholic, and both the young husband and wife are dominated by his mother, the Kabanicha. Not surprisingly, Katya is lured into an illicit love affair with a handsome young fellow from the city. Such improper behavior cannot be tolerated for long, and once the Kabanicha finds out, Katya is doomed. Janacek’s amazing music in this opera makes Katya’s final scene the most gripping in all opera. This free lecture, provided to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead, with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Hansel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Thursday, October 6, 7:00 PM

Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel is the most popular opera ever composed to be based upon a tale from the Brothers Grimm. First performed in 1893, Hansel und Gretel was performed in 50 different opera houses in 20 different languages in just its first year of existence. In the 20th century Hansel und Gretel became a holiday opera performed at Christmas time, often in conjunction with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Humperdinck’s opera deserves its popularity as it contains some of the loveliest operatic music ever written. However, it does not shirk on the scariness of two youngsters lost in the woods overnight, only to face a weird old lady (played by a man–an operatic “trousers role”) who would like to fatten them up for a future meal. It all ends happily, of course, with the sweet melodic finale you expect from a fairy tale. This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts. Space is limited. First come, first seated.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

We All Play in Our Own Way Concert Tuesday, July 26, Noon

choir-310673_1280Held at Mercerdale Park.

Presented by Eli Rosenblatt.
Family program, all ages welcome.

Is it possible to have a game that has no winner or loser? It is when the game is called music. Bring the whole family and join in the singing, dancing as we learn and use our imaginations, there’s no need for stadiums or sports equipment.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Opera Preview: Le Comte Ory by Gioachino Rossini Thursday, July 28, 7pm

music-sheet-1326999_640Held at the Mercer Island Library

This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Space is limited: First come, first seated.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.