Friday, March 1, 2013

Anansi Storytelling with Charlotte Blake Alston

Has your child been introduced to Anansi and traditional storytelling?  We are bombarded so much today from media that I think few children are aware of characters like Anansi or Bre'er Rabbit. Master  storytellers like Charlotte Blake Alston are keeping these stories alive by performing at children's program at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and various venues in Philadelphia.  You can catch her this weekend at  Carnegie Hall on March 2  and Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 3.  See her schedule.

She also collaborated on The Children's March, a choral work commemorating the 50th observance of the children's march in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Over 1,000 school-age children were jailed for marching on behalf of freedom. The work was commissioned by Singing City Choir and will premiere at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) on Friday, April 26, 2013.

If you can't catch her live performance, you can buy some of her stories online at her store.