The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Artist Residency Program at MIM brings professional musicians from around the world to provide unique educational opportunities for elementary, middle-, and high-school groups. Artists will perform in the state-of-the-art MIM Music Theater and host assemblies, master classes, and workshops.

Space is limited; reservations are required.

Call MIM’s School and Group Tour Coordinator at 480.245.6919 or e-mail grouptours@MIM.org to check availability and for reservations.

THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA

Friday, August 9, 2013

1 Option Only: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour

Hear firsthand the impact that music can make, and learn about the lengths people will go to express themselves through music. The story of the landfill youth music program and the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, is an excellent example of overcoming material poverty in the pursuit of a life rich in music. For much of the world’s population, playing, listening, and dancing to music are activities considered integral to daily life and are highly valued as basic and essential human expressions. The rare and passionate individuals behind the Recycled Orchestra go further to show us how the earnest drive to preserve the important role of music in their lives can lead to remarkable innovations such as the instruments made from trash that we see in MIM’s exhibit dedicated to this group. Don’t miss this rare concert from the talented and inspiring youth of Paraguay.

WORLD MUSIC WITH JOHN ZERETZKE

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | OPTION 2 SOLD OUT
Friday, October 25, 2013 | OPTION 1 SOLD OUT

Option 1: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour
Option 2: 11:00 a.m.–Noon Tour; 12:10–1:00 p.m. Assembly

“A World of Music” performance takes you on a fantastic voyage through sights, sounds, and knowledge of musical instruments from around the world. Guided by award-winning artist/educator and world-music composer John Zeretzke, audiences will see and hear 20‒30 unusual and innovative instruments from diverse countries, including the Hungarian bagpipe, the North African bendir (frame drum), strange and wonderful string instruments from around the globe, and even the five-string Steinberger computer/electric violin! In this program, Zeretzke will trace the historical connections in the evolution of music. Study Guides for teachers will be available.

RUN BOY RUN, MUSICAL STORYTELLING – AMERICAN BALLADS WITH A MODERN FOLK QUINTET

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | SOLD OUT
Friday, November 15, 2013 OPTION 1 SOLD OUT

Option 1: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour
Option 2: 11:00 a.m.–Noon Tour; 12:10–1:00 p.m. Assembly

Modern folk quintet Run Boy Run celebrates musical storytelling with roots-inspired original music and American traditional ballads. This dynamic and award-winning group will take audience members on a journey through American history with haunting a cappella songs of English and Irish settlers, soulful spirituals sung in three-part harmony, driving-train bluegrass, lively fiddle tunes, and original ballads inspired by family history. Students can sing, laugh, and clap along with Run Boy Run as they impart the joy of ensemble playing and Americana music. Along the way, the band will introduce their instruments (fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, and bass), share their performing experiences, and explain their decision to play traditional music as young artists.

KAWAMBE-OMOWALE AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE THEATRE

Thursday, December 5, 2013 | SOLD OUT
Friday, December 6, 2013 | OPTION 1 SOLD OUT

Option 1: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour
Option 2: 11:00 a.m.–Noon Tour; 12:10–1:00 p.m. Assembly

The Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre presents a captivating performance of West African drumming, dancing, singing, and storytelling that will create an engaging and lively learning experience and cultural exploration. Kawambe-Omowale fosters an awareness of the heritage of African descendants and promotes cultural diversity by showcasing live music with traditional instruments, culturally outfitted artists, and indigenous dances of West Africa. Kawambe-Omowale has performed for audiences and instructed students throughout the Southwest for more than twenty-five years. The performers have studied the Mandé cultures in Senegal and Gambia as well as the Ghanaian culture of West Africa. They have also studied in the United States with master artists from a variety of West African countries and the Caribbean.

FLAMENCO FIESTA

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014 | SOLD OUT

Option 1: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour
Option 2: 11:00 a.m.–Noon Tour; 12:10–1:00 p.m. Assembly

Voted teacher’s favorite, Flamenco Fiesta is back! The Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Quartet takes students on an unforgettable journey to Spain that celebrates the culture, beauty, and joy of flamenco. This award-winning quartet includes two world-class flamenco dancers. Burton’s instant rapport with audiences helps bring this traditional Andalusian Gypsy music and dance to life. Students will be yelling “¡Olé!” long after the concert is over!

TETRA STRING QUARTET

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014

Option 1: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour
Option 2: 11:00 a.m.–Noon Tour; 12:10–1:00 p.m. Assembly

Back by popular demand, the passionate educators of Tetra String Quartet captivate young audiences by sharing music of all kinds, both new and traditional. Hailed for their engaging and energetic performances, Tetra’s goal is to foster creativity and critical thinking through music by introducing active listening and talking about ideas inspired by the music. A fellow musician said “When I think about the future of classical music, the Tetra String Quartet gives me hope for a future filled with enthusiastic young listeners!”

JONATHAN SANCHEZ

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014

Option 1: 9:40–10:30 a.m. Assembly; 10:30–11:30 a.m. Tour
Option 2: 11:00 a.m.–Noon Tour; 12:10–1:00 p.m. Assembly

Stellar bluesman, Jonathan Sanchez (blues name: Jonny-2-Snakes) made the blues a blast last year for a record crowd at the MIM Music theater! Join him again this year for a program highlighting the history, songs, and cultural influences of this uniquely American musical genre. Using traditional and original songs, Sanchez introduces students to the vocal tradition of call and response, reviews the range of styles and instruments used in the genre, and examines the humor and hardship expressed in a blues song. A blues “jam session” with Sanchez rounds off the program.