Strings Inc. in free concert at Santa Claus Church |
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The Santa Claus Museum & Village will host Strings, Inc. on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm (CDT) in the historic Santa Claus Church. The concert is free, though donations are encouraged to help fund the interior restoration of the church. Strings, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional, personalized violin instruction for students in south-central Indiana. The students will perform classical music selections including Dance of the Little Swans from "Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #5.
Strings, Inc. was formed in 1988 with 17 students and one part-time instructor. Today the program serves over 75 students with one part-time and two full-time instructors. Mrs. Ann Brown of Ferdinand has been the official director of Strings, Inc. since October, 1993. Strings, Inc. serves students of all ages from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess and Martin counties.
The Strings, Inc. students use the Suzuki method of music education developed in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in 1945 and introduced to the United States in the 1960′s. The Suzuki method is recognized and used worldwide as a great tool for training in arts. It is based on the mother tongue approach to learning: just as children learn to speak their native language through a natural process of listening, imitating and repeating, so can children first learn to play music and subsequently learn how to read notes.
The Santa Claus Museum & Village is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the cultural and natural history of Santa Claus, Indiana and continues the tradition of Santa’s Elves, Inc. by answering letters to Santa. For additional information on the new location and hours of operation, visit www.santaclausmuseum.org.