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  2013 Youth Arts Program - Friday, September 27, 4:00 to 7:00PM
Promoting arts enrichment for youth in our community

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The Youth Arts Programis intended to give area youth an opportunity to spend time with world-class artists across the genres of music, theater, and dance—inspiring them to either get involved with or continue the study of arts in their area of interest.

The program is free and open to youth ages 10-18.

The workshops are approximately 50 minutes and take place on Friday before the festival begins from 4-7pm. Participants can take from 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.

The Youth Showcase is an integrated, rehearsed performance on Sunday on the main stage.

The arts offer meaningful ways to engage children intellectually, emotionally and physically. Research shows that study in the performing arts increases children’s self-confidence, improves learning, increases self-discipline and expression, promotes tolerance, increases understanding of different cultures and instills a sense of joy.

Youth participants in the program receive:

  • Up to three one-hour workshop of their choice
  • Refreshments
  • $5 one day youth ticket to the 17th annual KVMR Celtic Festival (to be purchased on site at the workshop and good for one ticket per attending youth).

Gaelic & English Songs

Mànran have risen to the top of the Scottish music scene with their powerful combination of Gaelic/English songs underpinned by driving highland and uilleann pipes, accordion, fiddle, flute, drums and bass. For this interactive workshop they will demonstrate their approach to both traditional and original music. They'll also touch on the revival of Gaelic language in Scottish music and culture. You may even learn a bit about the ancient Scottish game of Shinty. Accordion player Gary Innes has reached iconic status in the game and was named Captain of the Scotland team.

dave brewerDave Brewer

The great highland bagpipes are virtually unmatched in sonic power, history and mystique, and are "pretty much the coolest instrument ever," according to Molly's Revenge piper David Brewer. Brewer will unravel the mystery of how they work, how they've been used throughout history in war and in peace, and how they are used today. Brewer has studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His authentic and unique style of playing has earned him a worldwide reputation. David has composed close to 200 traditional style tunes, many of which have appeared on recordings, independent films, and television.

MerlochMerloch the Magician Silvermaine
The Art of Magic 1 & 2

By popular demand Merloch will present two classes. The 4:00 class will be for first-timers. The 5:00 class will be for previous attendees. This workshop interactively teaches two professional-quality fully scripted card magic routines. By the end of the workshop every participant will be able to confidently perform them to mystify and delight friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. They are entertaining, include some comedy elements, and yet focus on the experience of magic. No passive observers allowed – only active participants. Both classes have a limit of 30 participants. Attendees of the 4:00 class will be allowed to attend the 5:00 class on a space-available basis.

lewis-cotterEthan Lewis & Colin Cotter
Bring An Instrument – Learn A Tune

Ethan and Colin are regular instructors at Alasdair Fraser's California fiddle camps. Their band, A Thousand Years at Sea, has released three CDs and performed across the U.S. Known for intricate tune writing, lyrical and rhythmic instrumentation and infectious energy, Colin and Ethan's workshop will focus on learning a tune and adding ornamentation and groove to the music.

DesmondDesmond School of Irish Dancing
Irish Step Dancing

Desmond School of Irish Dance is Nevada County's local school for Irish dance. Kathleen Desmond has been teaching for more than 25 years. She started dancing at the Deely School of Irish Dance, and became one of their teachers and choreographers. She started her own school, the Desmond School of Irish Dance in 1995, and has trained several Irish Dancing champions in her career, many who have competed in the Nationals and the World Irish Dancing championships.

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