Using the power of the arts to excite young readers!
The Pocono Mountains Music Festival and the 7 regional libraries of Monroe County are excited to present again the Library Program. This is the 5th year of our artists using the power of their art form to inspire and excite our Young Readers. In the process of presenting their art form, they encourage young children to utilize the resources that are available at their local libraries. This is a partnership that has a true synergistic effect.
Seven sessions at each of the regional libraries occur each week. The first week, July 24th through the 27th, Conny Andres, current dance teacher and former veteran dancer of multiple Broadway shows, tours and regional theaters across America, will demonstrate and talk about dance while sharing the experience of a professional journey. Young students participate in trying their own skills in expressing themselves through this art form, which is an intrinsic part of all cultures.
The second week, July 31st through August 3rd, we are pleased to have Wendy Law, teaching artist of the New York Philharmonic. Especially noteworthy this year is the fact that her group Classical Jam will be appearing at our Festival on Thursday evening August 3rd at the Tennis Tea at Buck Hill Falls. Wendy and her group have toured the country and the world as performing artists and also doing residencies in many schools to unleash the creative energy in young students.
Coordinating this entire program is Cindy Deluca, head librarian at the Barrett Friendly Library in Cresco.
Check your local libraries for the exact time and date and bring your children and grandchildren to what historically has been an inspirational and fun experience for both adults and children.
See photos from Week 1, led by Conny Andres!
Conny Andres is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she received her BPA in Dance. She has performed on Broadway in Showboat and Fosse. National tours include Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, and regional theaters include Chicago, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, and 42nd Street. While performing, Conny accepted a teaching stint at the University of Michigan Theatre/Dance department which began her journey into educating children. Since then, dance education has been the focus of her work. Presently, she conducts classes for children to adults and participates in schools and after-school dance residencies. She continues to develop her skills as a dance educator in a comprehensive and inclusive manner that addresses the needs of all children. Recently, Conny has ventured into choreography for community productions like Mary Poppins, and children’s productions of Aristocats, Music Man and, presently, Sleeping Beauty. She also works with a musical revue program for teens. Conny is excited about her debut summer with Pocono Mountains Musical Festival library series.
Cellist Wendy Law has appeared as soloist with renowned orchestra including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Russian Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestra. Ms. Law has performed throughout North America, appearing in such venues as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the J.F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. and Jordan Hall, Boston. An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Borromeo String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank among others. A regular touring artist, Ms. Law has toured with “Musicians From Marlboro” and performed internationally in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Belgium. A recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Law has received the Juilliard InterArts Award, first prizes in the Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Kingsville International Competition, Fischoff National Competition (as a member of the Amaryllis String Quartet), the Harvard Musical Association Achievement Award, as well as local and national prizes in the American String Teacher’s Association Competition and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Ms. Law began her cello studies with Ge Wu at the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts. At the age of 12, she moved to the US to study with Mark Churchill at Boston’s New England Conservatory Preparatory School as well as the Walnut Hill School. Ms. Law received her Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser, and her Master of Music and the prestigious Artist Diploma Program from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Joel Krosnick and Tim Eddy. In addition to her active performance schedule, Ms. Law is a Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder and Artistic Director of Classical Jam.
Hear Wendy perform with Classical Jam on August 3. Tickets here.