Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Win-A-Disc-Wednesday: Green Golly & Her Golden Flute plus EIGHT FREE CHICAGO AREA SHOWS: JUNE 14 - 21

Storytelling, is compelling.  Introduce your children to the masters:  Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Gossec, Elgar, Bizet, Chopin, and Copland in a fun and painless way with the magic of Green Golly

This will be the last Win-A-Disc-Wednesday until July 7th.   We'll be taking a break to bring you a special two week feature on Adventures in Sweden with children.

We are thrilled this week, to bring you one of my children's favorite story based CDs, Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Green Golly & Her Golden Flute.   We're also excited to announce eight free shows in the Chicago area June 14-21st.   Come get classic with Green Golly & Her Golden Flute.   Tour dates and enter to win form are at the bottom of this post.   All entry information is confidential.


Classical music, storytelling, and comedy combine in the children’s CD, Green Golly & Her Golden Flute by Flute Sweet & Tickletoon (otherwise known as Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan). The album introduces children to the magic of classical music via a humorous and lighthearted embellishment of the traditional tale of Rapunzel. The real experience of this album, however, is entwined in the lovely sound of the flute, an instrument that has enchanted young ears since the time of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

Rapunzel may have suffered isolation and distress during her days trapped in that big old tower, but her alter ego, Green Golly, has a wonderful golden flute to express her deepest feelings and a large stack of music by the world’s greatest composers to explore. A keen observer of all that whizzes by her window, Green Golly is inclined to rely on her musical abilities to help her unravel the mysteries of life in this funny, engaging tale of romance and rescue, interwoven with works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Gossec, Elgar, Bizet, Chopin, and Copland.

Juilliard trained flutist Barbara Siesel makes music by some of the greatest composers of the 19th and 20th centuries come alive in Green Golly & Her Golden Flute. Storyteller Keith Torgan fairly dances through the voices of the new characters he’s created to grace the beloved old tale, from Vlotek the Gypsy to Mousey Tongue. Green Golly & Her Golden Flute is a wonderful female adventure story, in which the heroine, Green Golly, overcomes many difficulties and uses music and the power of learning to become a great artist and make friends.

Flute Sweet & Tickletoon just released a newly remastered version of Green Golly & Her Golden Flute on May 11.   Please visit Flute Sweet & Tickletoon at their web site for more information and to purchase discs. Be sure to enter below, to win your own copy, in ChiIL Mama's Win-A-Disc-Wednesday give away!


Live and free--how much better could it be?
FLUTE SWEET & TICKLETOON BRING A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO KIDS’ ENTERTAINMENT WITH MUSIC, STORYTELLING, AND COMEDY

EIGHT FREE CHICAGO AREA SHOWS: JUNE 14 - 21


PLUS FOUR ADULT PERFORMANCES OF NOW WE CAN SING JUNE 13 – 18

The NYC-based husband-and-wife duo of Flute Sweet & Tickletoon (Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan) will return to the Chicago area to present eight, free, kid-friendly shows this summer in Wauconda, Niles, Wheeling, Algonquin, Skokie, Deerfield, and Waukegan between June 14 and June 21.

Additionally, Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan will offer four free-of-charge performances of their adult program, Now We Can Sing, centering on music banned to Jewish musicians by the Nazis, in Skokie, Mundelein, Wilmette, and Northbrook between June 13 and June 18.

In celebration of the May 11 release of Flute Sweet & Tickletoon’s Green Golly & Her Golden Flute CD, Siesel and Torgan will perform Green Golly & Her Golden Flute, for ages 4 – 10, on Saturday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield and on Monday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan. Green Golly & Her Golden Flute introduces children to the magic of classical music via a humorous and lighthearted embellishment of the traditional tale of Rapunzel.

The remainder of the summer, Flute Sweet & Tickletoon children’s performance tour will focus largely on their Little Kids Little Songs show. A fabulous introduction to live music, comedy, and theatre for children ages 2 – 8, Little Kids Little Songs takes young audiences on journey of story and song -- rolling in mud, climbing trees, flying like an airplane and even getting rid of monsters! This show’s special strength is in addressing the fear of participation.

Through Flute Sweet & Tickletoon’s gentle encouragement, even the most timid of children are sure to join in, playing, laughing, and singing along, well before the performance’s halfway point. Additionally, the duo will offer Sea Side Sillies (an aquatic adaptation of Little Kids Little Songs) and I Hopped Out of Bed & Jumped for Joy!, geared for children 5 and up, a story-and-song performance including a wacky fairy tale with zany characters and a surprise ending in which kids in the audience get to take part.

Siesel and Torgan’s adult offering, Now We Can Sing is a moving and inspiring event centering on music that the Nazis banned to Jewish musicians in 1930s Germany. The performance follows these Jewish musicians through that dreadful era as they ultimately migrate to a new land and establish new lives. Flutist Barbara Siesel and singer/songwriter/storyteller Keith Torgan recreate the times through the music of Bach, Schumann, Hindemith, and Copland, as well as through the cabaret songs of Frederick Hollaender. In this universal work, mastery, passion and self-expression transcend the isolation of hatred, racism and intolerance.

As Flute Sweet & Tickletoon, Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan present more than two hundred performances of music and story-theatre each year in schools, libraries, theaters and other concert venues across the country. Their company, Tugboat Music, was founded because of a concern that children were not experiencing live performance, classical music, and theatre in their daily lives.


Flute Sweet & Tickletoon/Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan Summer 2010 Chicago Area Tour

WHAT: Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan in Now We Can Sing (for adults)
WHEN: Sunday June 13. 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie
CONTACT: 847-673-7774. www.skokielibrary.info
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Sea Side Sillies (ages 2 – 8)
WHEN: Monday, June 14. 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wauconda Public Library, 801 N. Main Street, Wauconda
CONTACT: 847-526-6225. www.wauclib.org
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in I Hopped Out of Bed & Jumped for Joy! (ages 5 and up)
WHEN: Monday, June 14. 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles
CONTACT: 847-663-1234. www.nileslibrary.org
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Little Kids Little Songs (ages 2 – 8)
WHEN: Tuesday, June 15. 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck, Wheeling
CONTACT: 847-537-4100. http://www.indiantrailslibrary.org/
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan in Now We Can Sing (for adults)
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16. 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein
CONTACT: 847-566-8702. www.fremontlibrary.org
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Little Kids Little Songs (ages 2 – 8)
WHEN: Thursday, June 17. 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Algonquin Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin
CONTACT: 847-458-6060. http://www.aapld.org/
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan in Now We Can Sing (for adults)
WHEN: Thursday, June 17. 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.,Wilmette
CONTACT: 847-256-5025. www.wilmette.il.lib.us
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Little Kids Little Songs (ages 2 – 8)
WHEN: Friday, June 18. 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie
CONTACT: 847-673-7774. www.skokielibrary.info
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan in Now We Can Sing (for adults)
WHEN: Friday, June 18. 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
CONTACT: 847-272-6224. www.northbrook.info
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon, program TBA
WHEN: Saturday, June 19. 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Glencoe Public Library. 320 Park Ave., Glencoe
CONTACT: 847-835-5056. www.glencoepubliclibrary.org
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Green Golly & Her Golden Flute (ages 4 - 10)
WHEN: Saturday, June 19. 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
CONTACT: 847-945-3311. www.deerfieldlibrary.org
ADMISSION: Free

WHAT: Flute Sweet & Tickletoon in Green Golly & Her Golden Flute (ages 4 - 10)
WHEN: Monday, June 21. 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan
CONTACT: 847-623-2041. www.waukeganpl.org
ADMISSION: Free

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