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Black Bear's Hudson Valley Tale is a 1-hour long theatrical concert for children and their families and Madera Vox's answer to Sergei Prokofiev's classic narrated concert  for children "Peter and the Wolf."  Black Bear's Hudson Valley Tale weaves an original story by children's author and illustrator Iza Trapani, original instrumental and vocal music by Madera Vox's David Gluck, and creative movement into a performance that engages the hearts and minds of children and their families, allowing them to “see” with their ears and “hear” with their eyes. Charming and beautifully rendered visuals by Ms. Trapani accompany the story and the music.

The production premiered at the Center for the Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, NY on October 10, 2009, as an official event of the of the Hudson/Fulton Quadricentennial celebration.

The group was awarded a grant from Partners for Arts Education to facilitate collaborative planning with teachers and administration and to develop effective and meaningful lesson plans for a mini pilot residency at Sargent Elementary School in Beacon, NY from October 20 through November 13, 2009.

Please contact Kelly Ellenwood at (845) 863-9964 or email us for more information on how to bring this unique and entertaining theatrical concert to your venue or school.



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Listen to the opening song "Time to Rise" from "Black Bear's Hudson Valley Tale"