Pittsburgh International Airport
With the support of The Greater Pittsburgh Art Council, Ears Engaged performed the debut of their newest scripted show, "Around the World". While travelers were waiting on a flight, they were invited to stop and listen to various instrument combinations playing music arranged, by EE, from traditional folk tunes, choir melodies, and piano pieces. The visual used for this program was a 24"X34" world map with velcro on the countries featured. Upon finishing the music from a country and moving to the next, one EE member would move an airplane on the map. In this way a passing traveler could stop to listen at any moment, understand the context of the program and enjoy without causing a distraction to the performers.
Open Mic Night at Bella Terra Vineyard
The entire Ears Engaged team made it out to play in Hunker, PA at Bella Terra Vineyard on February 5th. Although unsure of how the audience would react to a woodwind quartet playing in a space usually occupied by acoustic guitars and vocalists, they were warmly welcomed. The general consensus after playing was excitement to go back and put more emphasis on speaking in between pieces. To listen to the full experience check out the podcast Episode 8!
"Hi! I saw you guys at open mic at Bella Terra Vineyards. You guys rocked it, I hope you come back again. It was such a unique shift from the usual performances."
Allegheny Medical Society Holiday Brunch
Alaina, Casey & CJ performed a holiday concert for the ACMSA brunch. The repertoire included jazzy Christmas tunes, Hanukkah melodies, delightful French trios & more traditional Christmas fan favorites. At the end of their set Alaina & Casey performed their interactive rondo duet inviting audience members to clink on their glasses every time the 'A' section returned. It was received well and this was the first audience to clink not only at the 'A' section, but also in rhythm!
Phipps Botanical Gardens
Casey, Alaina, CJ & Theresa performed solos, duets, trios and quartets for the Sunday Music Series at Phipps Conservatory. Our interactive element was presented on a chalkboard, and asked the question, "What plants here at Phipps remind you of our instruments?". This prompt inspired several guests who responded by writing their thoughts on a sticky note and placing it in one of the four instrument quadrants on the board.
Arts Ed Collaborative: In Service Day
Alaina and Casey demonstrated their Moody Musicians program for 40+ music and art k-12 educators. The performance took place at The Carnegie Museum of Art lecture theatre. Interactive elements included audience members coloring while actively listening and having volunteers play auxiliary percussion instruments in the story-telling portion of the show.
The Children's Museum: A Roaming Concert
Alaina, CJ & Casey performed in the Love and Forgiveness exhibit, Garage, and Art room at the Children's Museum. The interactive elements of the performance were inspired by the exhibits including: chromatically narrating the pulley machine in the garage room, leading interpretive movement with scarves on the dance floor and having guests interpret music through drawing while actively listening to select pieces in the art room.
Beethoven in the Face of Adversity
Alaina, Casey & Theresa performed at the BIFA half-way celebration held to thank the ambassadors who reached out and requested a private concert of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Monique Mead, professor of Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, has set a goal of playing 50 private concerts to people facing adversity over the next 250 days in honor of both Beethoven’s 250th and her own 50th birthday. Audience interaction included asking guests to take a sip of their champagne when they heard the ‘A’ section return on the Fiala third movement, Rondo.
Carnegie Library of Oakland
CJ and Casey performed their Great Expectations program for guests of the Carnegie Library. Interactive elements included audience members composing a piece on a felt staff which was then performed. Educational elements included audience members singing a major scale using solfege syllables, and then being asked to activity listen for them in the Beethoven piece.
The Children's Museum: MuseumLab
May & June 2019
Alaina & Casey performed their Moody Musicians program for guests of The Children's Museum. Interactive elements included audience members coloring while actively listening and having volunteers play auxiliary percussion instruments in the story-telling portion of the show.
CJ & Casey performed their Great Expectations program for guests of The Children's Museum. Interactive elements included audience members composing a piece on a felt staff which was then performed. Educational elements included audience members singing a major scale using solfege syllables, and then being asked to activity listen for them in the Beethoven piece.