eXceptional Orchestra registration now open

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KINGSPORT-The City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts is teaming up with The Symphony of the Mountains, The Kingsport Ballet and William King University to bring eXceptional Orchestra to the Tri-Cities this fall. eXceptional Orchestra is a free and inclusive music, movement, and arts project designed for‚  elementary aged children, with and without disabilities, including their siblings and parents. Everyone has a party to play,

Registration is now open for the eXceptional Orchestra KINGSPORT Program. Participants will share in six Saturdays of art workshops beginning September 20th and running through November 1st. The educational curriculum infuses accessible arts, movement, & music into rehearsals and a final performance, adapting for the unique needs of any ensemble member.‚  Each Saturday, children will create new artwork that builds on ideas introduced in the previous workshop. The program culminates in the children & their parents performing a live public show with the Symphony of the Mountains & the Kingsport Ballet on Sunday, November 2 at 3pm at the Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN.

All members in the community – children, professional musicians, entire families, adult and youth volunteers, are invited to help make the dream of eXceptional Orchestra a reality in the Tri-Cities. Accommodations and modifications will be provided as needed for the approximately one-third of children with special needs.

Beyond aspects like the arts and education, this is an inclusive community project that encourages people of different backgrounds to interact with each other in a positive and perhaps transformative way with dance, art, music & mutual respect. We are very lucky that eXceptional Orchestra is coming to our area.

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Symphony of the Mountains Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth has dreamed of bringing the program to the Tri-Cities since worked on one in 2005 in Knoxville. Now that dream is coming true as we proudly announce that registration for the eXceptional Orchestra program with Symphony of the Mountains is open. This inclusive programs motto is Everyone has a party to play, and its mission is to bring children together to enjoy visual arts, drama, dance, movement, music and accessible musical instruments.

eXceptional Orchestra creator Kim Kredich is a native of Knoxville, TN and studied choral and orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music. For Kredich, developing this program was a personal journey. She is the mother to three boys; one of them diagnosed with autism.

Early on, she realized that there were hardly any art programs for all three of her children to experience together. Over the years, her inclusive work with her own children led to the concept and creation of the eXceptional Orchestra.

There is no cost to participate and all program materials are provided free of charge. However, children and their parents are asked to commit to all workshops and the performance. Space is limited and participants are admitted on a first-come/first-serve basis. Call (423) 392-8414 for more information on registration.

eXceptional Orchestra creator Kim Kredich is available for interviews, either in person or via telephone. She lives in Knoxville so we just have to make arrangements in advanced.

Symphony of the Mountains Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth is also available for comment as well.‚  Please call (423) 392-8414 to set up.

WORKSHOP & EVENT DATES

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN

Ocean Drums and Open Strings

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Saturday, October 18, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Kingsport Ballet, Kingsport, TN

Pulling the Moves Together

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA

Sock Puppets and Bottle Sounds

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Saturday, October 25, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Renaissance Center, Kingsport, TN

Fish Aestheometry: The Beauty of Geometry

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Kingsport Ballet, Kingsport, TN

Dancing with Sock Puppets

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN

Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 3:30pm-5:30pm

William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA

Rainsticks, Lightning and a Hula Hoop Sun

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00pm

Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN

eXceptional Sounds Concert with Symphony of the Mountains

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