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2018 Youth Arts Program
Friday, September 28, 4:00 to 7:00PM
Promoting arts enrichment
for youth in our community

The Youth Arts Program is 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 workshops are approximately 50 minutes and take place on Friday before the festival. Participants can take from 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.

The program is free and open to youth ages 10-18.
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Oak Grove Stage
4:00 – Build A Tune with Galen Fraser
5:00 – Learn a Tune with Diana Ladio from The Elders
5:40 – The Elders – Interactive Concert

Inside Ponderosa Hall – Side Room
4:00 – Magic Level 1
5:00 – CLASS IS FULL – Magic Level 1
6:00 – Magic Level 2

Inside Ponderosa Hall – Main Room
4:00 – CLASS IS FULL – Beginner Harp Workshop with Lisa Stine and Sage Po (harps will be provided)
5:00 – Singing Workshop with Sharon Carl & Elizabeth Townsend
6:00 – CLASS IS FULL – Irish Step Dancing with Nicole McKeever

Outside at Picnic Tables
4:00 – Art with Christine Nys
5:00 – CLASS IS FULL – Art with Christine Nys

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

Magic with Merloch Silvermaine
By popular demand, Merloch will present three classes. The 4:00 & 5:00 classes will be for first timers. The 6:00 class will be for previous attendees. This workshop teaches two professional-quality fully scripted card magic routines. By the end of the workshop every participant will be able to confidently perform the routines to mystify and delight friends, family and strangers. They are entertaining, include some comedy elements and yet focus on the experience of magic. No passive observers allowed – only active participants. Classes have a limit of 30 participants .

Irish Step Dancing with Nicole McKeever
The McKeever School of Irish Dance of Sacramento offers Irish dance lessons to beginner through champion levels, and to both children and adults. They are located in the heart of Sacramento, California. Owner and instructor Nicole McKeever toured the world for seven years with professional dance companies such as Riverdance the show. She also holds her Irish dance teaching certification, or T.C.R.G. as well as a Master’s Degree in Irish Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. The McKeever School performers span in age and experience and all have an avid love for this amazing dance tradition.

Build A Tune Workshop with Galen Fraser

Bring your instruments and join in this fun and interactive workshop where you will learn a tune.

Galen Fraser is an accomplished fiddler and composer from Northern California with a love for soul food and spontaneity. His love for singing and writing lead him to pursue music as a career, earning his Bachelors Degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Now based in Boston and Spain he plays with the high energy Americana band Neversink and the groovy afro-celtic funk band Soulsha. Galen holds residencies at The Landsdowne and Menotomy in Boston and teaches yearly at Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp in North San Juan, California. Galen’s debut solo album Mischief Managed is comprised of all original music rooted in the Scottish and American fiddle traditions.

Diana Ladio and The Elders

The Elders will perform an interactive concert from 5:40 – about 6:30 on the Oak Grove Stage .

This is an amazing opportunity for Intermediate to Advanced players. The Elders are inviting youth performers to join them on the Main Stage on Sunday. Diana Ladio will be teaching the tune(s) to prepare for that. Learn the tune, practice with The Elders and be excited to be on the Main Stage on Sunday with the band!

Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful blend of American roots rock and amped-up Celtic folk; a cross-pollination of elements that is high-octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition. Rightfully regarded as one of the top American Celtic-rock bands, the band employs a variety of instruments including guitars, drums, banjo, accordion, mandolin, piano and fiddle, creating music that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music. Powerful four-part harmonies, blazing instrumentals and songwriting that is unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism – it all adds up to the hottest show in Celtic music today.

Diana Ladio graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan School Of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance with Teaching Certification. Diana is a studied Americana fiddler, song- writer and classical violist, and makes her living performing, recording, and teaching music. She is a graduate of the Mark O’Connor Strings Conference and Christian Howe’s Creative Strings Workshop, where she later returned as an instructor. She has studied with well-known string players such as Jeremy Kittel (Turtle Island String Quartet), Casey Driessen (Fiddler for Bela Fleck’s The Flecktones), Mike Block, Wendy MacIsaac, Christian Howes, and Alex Hargreaves.

Singing Workshop Sharon Carl & Elizabeth Townsend
Sharon Carl and Elizabeth Townsend, hosts of the Celtic Song Circle, will bring you a taste of the traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland. Sharon hosts the a-cappella song circle In Harmony’s Way Up In Auburn, and Elizabeth is twice winner at the Royal National Mòd, a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture. Participants will sing songs in both Gaelic and English language with also a nod to the “lilting” tradition (mouth music) and students will be able to sing Gaelic by learning phonetically. This class promises to be fun as well as informative! Recording devices are encouraged.

Beginning Harp with Lisa Stine & Sage Po
Learn to play this beautiful and magical beginner -friendly instrument. Lisa and Sage will provide 15 Celtic harps.

Celtic Art with Christine Nys
Make a Celtic Knot from various materials for jewelry, wall hangings or accessories.

Christine has been developing the art activities of the youth program for 4 years and enjoys creating art themes that excite kids and encourage them to explore the magic and mystery of Celtic art and culture.

Her interest and love for Celtic culture springs from her family connection to Brittany, where she spent part of her youth. She has worked extensively with different art media ranging from ceramics to jewelry to oil painting. She currently is an art teacher at the Nevada City School of the Arts.

Sunday Main Stage Youth Arts Performance
Music teachers Lisa Stine, Rose May Michelson, Randi Soule, Nici Van Kriedt, Annette Dunklin, Sage Po, Shannon Devir and Amie Fenwick will present our Sunday morning Main Stage Youth Arts performance. To learn more about participating please contact Laurie DesJardins at (530) 613-6556.

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