The Green Golly Project is having a wonderfully busy fall and winter — a veritable whirlwind of travel and performances in the US and abroad. Highlights of the season include three weeks of recitals and performances in Northern California with a concerto with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, teaching and coaching at the San Francisco Flute Festival and of course performing for children throughout the Bay Area.
From San Francisco we flew to China for two weeks. Barbara was honored to be invited to teach flute master classes by Professor Peter Chen at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Northwest University for Nationalities and the Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou (Northwest China). In addition Keith worked with flute students to assist them in discovering ways to connect more deeply and freely to their emotions, their instruments and their audiences .
It was an incredibly exciting trip with new experiences every minute meeting lots of terrific people and eating lots of terrific food!!! We performed recitals designed to introduce Chinese audiences to the many programs of the Green Golly Project. In fact while in performing in Beijing there was a lovely woman in our audience who just happened to be the CEO of a major marketing and media company. She (and her young daughter) were so thrilled by our work that she became interested in bringing Green Golly to Chinese children via a translation of the book and the mounting of a Chinese Green Golly Show. We’re extremely grateful to have new partners who will help us bring our music and storytelling to children around the world !! Other exiting projects about to happen in China — we’ll tell you about them in another post!
Upon returning to New York Barbara was given a “Deserving Person Award” by the Dr. David Milch Foundation for the outstanding work she’s been doing with The Green Golly Project introducing kids to classical music.
In January we left for warmer climes – a month of shows in Florida performing “Now We Can Sing” in West Palm Beach, the Florida Flute Convention in Orlando and Green Golly and Her Golden Flute in libraries across Florida! In fact — we’re still here (and oh do we miss the snow)!
One of the sweetest experiences we’ve had in Florida was performing for the children of the Hope Rural School in Indiantown, FL. Mostly children of migrant farm workers — their new eyes, open heartedness and enthusiasm made for an extraordinary experience for us all.
In March we’ll be continuing our work with the Ravinia Festivals “Reach Teach Play” program in the Chicago public schools. Nine schools that have been reading our book in their classrooms this year will receive a live performance of “Green Golly & Her Golden Flute” that is being being funded by The Ravinia Festival and a matching grant from the Ars Veritas Foundation.
Stay tuned for more updates when spring (finally) arrives.