2017 School Tour
One of the Festival’s primary objectives is to develop the appreciation and enjoyment of chamber music as a direct and deeply engaging communication between musicians and audiences, particularly through concerts presented by past participants of our Young Artist Program. This is a meaningful way to connect our alumni with a wider audience so that new listeners of all ages can experience chamber music in an accessible and informative manner. In recent years, we have looked to engage listeners outside of St. John’s area by offering chamber music experiences to new and youth audiences in rural communities throughout in the Avalon and Eastern regions and beyond our summer activities. With the assistance School Touring Program funding from ArtsNL, continue to reach further afield in our commitment to outreach and education, while simultaneously providing performance and content development opportunities for alumni of our Young Artist Program.
Following on the success of our 2016 school program, The Pale Blue Dot: A Voyage of Music and Space, Tuckamore Festival’s second major school tour was presented during the 2016-17 school year. The 2017 program, What Life Throws At You, was developed by Tuckamore Festival Artistic Directors Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, in collaboration with Young Artist Program alumni Peter Cho and Peter Ko. What Life Throws At You comprised a concert presentation and related workshop, using music to explore topics relating to disability, discrimination, mental illness and other life challenges. The program was designed in collaboration with an advisory committee that includes primary school teachers, and aligns with key Newfoundland and Labrador curriculum outcomes in music, social studies, art, religion as well as initiatives in mental health awareness, inclusiveness, safe schools, and diversity. Multiple versions of the presentation and workshop allowed for age-appropriate shows from the Kindergarten to high school level.
The What Life Throws At You school tour took place in 10 schools in and around St. John’s and the Southern Avalon in April – May, 2017. Using stories about great musicians and composers who faced seemingly insurmountable trials, this engaging show looks at how perceived disadvantages played an important role in their extraordinary achievements. From Beethoven, to Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, to homegrown fiddler Emile Benoît, their challenges – whether loss, grief, or illness – shaped both their creative processes, and the way we still hear their music today. Music also provided great solace and purpose in these artists’ lives as they lived with hardship. Ultimately, their stories and their music are a testament to humankind’s vast creative potential, and serve as a reminder to nurture the undiscovered potential that is all around us.