Monday, June 14, 2010

Green Golly & Her Golden Flute: CD Review & Giveaway

Music has always had a special place in my heart, and I really enjoy almost all genres of music. Everything from country to contemporary Christian to Classical to rock. I know, its a big spread but its good to have variety, right?

One of my favorite things to do is have a nice cup of tea while reading, and in the background I usually love to have classical music playing. My girls have been exposed to a variety of classical pieces already in their short lives, and I am so glad to be able to expose them to yet another wonderful piece of classical music, courtesy of Flute Sweet & Tickletoon!

About Flute Sweet and Tickletoon (a.k.a. Barbara Siesel & Keith Torgan)

Keith Torgan, singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and storyteller, is a multi-talented artist with more than twenty years of experience in children’s music who has appeared at hundreds of theaters, cabarets, universities, museums, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. Torgan was composer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, founder and songwriter for “Morgan, Torgan & Teri,” guest performer and writer for BMG’s “Early Ears” series, and composer and lyricist for the Simply Elementary flagship program, There’s Always a Dragon To Slay. He has written a multitude of songs and is the creator of all the Flute Sweet & Tickletoon stories and songs. He received his training at Circle in the Square Theatre School, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and State University of New York at Albany.

Together, as Flute Sweet & Tickletoon, the husband-and-wife team of Barbara Siesel and Keith Torgan presents more than two hundred performances of music and story-theatre each year in schools, libraries, theaters and other concert venues across the country. Their company, Tugboat Music, was founded because of a concern that children were not experiencing live performance, classical music, and theatre in their daily lives.


Barbara Siesel’s multi-faceted career includes performing, teaching and producing. Audiences around the world have heard her in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Great Hall in St. Petersburg, and Central Conservatory in Beijing, in addition to concert halls in Japan, Korea, Spain and Taiwan. Some of her upcoming activities include curating and co-producing the Diversi T Series in NYC and creating the book version of Green Golly and Her Golden Flute with writer Keith Torgan and illustrator Suzanne Lebeda. Ms. Siesel was recently named an Andreas Eastman Flute Artist. Eastman is the entry-level flute for the prestigious Haynes Flute Company of Boston, MA. Eastman was so inspired by the story of Green Golly that they will be manufacturing the Green Golly Flute, as well as presenting Barbara Siesel in clinics and master classes nationally.

An active educator for all ages, Barbara Siesel’s college positions have included The New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida (high school and college), Colby College in Waterville, Maine, SUNY New Paltz in New York, and The University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. She participated in the Lincoln Center Institute, working with New York City elementary school students. In 1999 she created the Storm King Music Festival, devoted to exploring the intersection of new technology and acoustic performance of new music. She was also named artistic director of Art, Culture & Technology, a company that works with performing arts groups to help them manage and integrate new media into their work. Barbara Siesel presents concert recitals combining multi-disciplinary presentations with traditional repertoire. She received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Baron. Additionally, she studied with Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger and Gerardo Levy and attended Master Classes with Jean Pierre Rampal and James Galway.


About Green Golly & Her Golden Flute:


Rapunzel may have been horrified to spend her days trapped in that big old tower but not Green Golly – she  was delighted! So inspired by all that whizzed past her window she couldn’t help but make music. Herein lies the charm of “Green Golly & Her Golden Flute” – this funny and extraordinarily musical event, featuring the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Gossec, Elgar, Bizet, Chopin and Copland, introduces children to the art of flute and the magic of classical music.“Green Golly” is also available in a version for flute, narrator and full orchestra.

This CD is designed for children ages 4-10 and runs 57 minutes. The recording introduces children to the magic of classical music via a humorous and lighthearted embellishment of the traditional tale of Rapunzel. The real experience of this album, however, is entwined in the lovely sound of the flute, an instrument that has enchanted young ears since the time of the Pied Piper.


My Review:

I love this CD! It not only tells the story of Rapunzel in a manner that will teach your child about classical music and orchestral instrumentation but also keeps their attention throughout the wonderful story which is spoken throughout!

Not only is the story of Rapunzel spoken, with the classical music in the background, but the entire score is also on this CD! I love the fact that one can either play the music or listen to the story at leisure. If you enjoy classical music you will definitely enjoy Green Golly & Her Golden Flute.

This is definitely one CD that will be in my collection for a long time to come. I highly recommend this product and give it a huge thumbs up!

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