Lastega ja lastele

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Sounds are like emotions

The second Sunday in April was a marathon day at the theatre for many of the children in Estonia’s shelters and substitute homes. In the morning, they watched the educational concert performance A Window into the World of an Orchestra (Aken orkestrimaailma), at the Estonia Theatre, and in the evening, Little Gavroche (Väikest Gavroche), at the NUKU Theatre. As always, they took a peek into life backstage at both theatres.

Prior to entering into the world of Estonian orchestra, families talked about music and instruments: they discussed who and what an orchestra is comprised of, who the conductor is, what the term ‘orchestra pit’ means, etc. They did so to ensure that after the performance it would be exciting to ask the same questions again, to figure out the easiest questions to find answers to with their new knowledge, and whether the answers have now changed. 

The majority of children have studied musical instruments in school and were able to answer many of the questions. In one family, the question of whether or not there is a guitar in the orchestra remained up in the air before visiting the performance...

How the instruments are combined to create an orchestra

A Window into the World of an Orchestra showed children how music is made in a musical theatre – the children’s favourite, Georg Udukübar, introduced the different instruments, the instrument groups and how the instruments combine to form an orchestra. Later, during the discussion, it became clear that the instruments that were remembered the best were the ones Udukübar joked about. They learnt to recognise that a number of very different emotions can be generated with the help of music. Some of the more powerful orchestral works even managed to frighten the youngest child in the family a little bit.

An educator from one family discovered a lot of new things in the children. Between the introductions to instruments there were some ballet and song numbers. The songs were in Italian, but it only took Triin a few measures to figure out what was going on: the first aria was definitely a ‘love song’ and during Don Giovanni’s famous duet Triin quietly provided a narration about how the relationship between the man and woman was developing. She read the body-language of the ballet number just as fluently. 

A Window into the World of an Orchestra gave the children the opportunity to see how an orchestra lives from the inside. The children were able to lean how an orchestra functions and how each instrument sounds on its own. Sounds are like our emotions – very different and very important.

Cheerful, interesting and educational 

The performance was exciting to follow for children between the ages of 5 and 18. Musical guide Georg Udukübar helped those children, who had already spent time in basic school learning about the instruments found in an orchestra, to remember what they had learnt. This made it much easier for those who had never learnt about instruments to get to know them now.

Since the primary focus was on instruments and the unique sounds that they make, the orchestra was raised higher than it would otherwise be. This allowed those seated in the orchestra section to better see what was taking place in the orchestra pit.

Georg Udukübar presented the instruments in a very exciting manner: connections were made with what surrounds us and with ourselves. Udukübar said the following about the harp: ‘When I hear the sound of a harp, I feel as if wings are growing from my back!’ Anyone with a more active imagination probably actually felt the wings beginning to grow on their back.

‘How beautiful!’

The children really liked the performance. Marek was most interested in the instruments that together comprise an orchestra. He liked the string instruments and his particular favourite was the zither player, who did somersaults while playing, and the boy liked the fact that he could make music with his own hands. Marek was also impressed by the beautiful theatre hall – he carefully examined the ceiling and balconies. 

Little Hannes was taught by his teacher that if there is a longer break, then the performance has ended and the time to clap has come. So during each pause the boy asked if it was the end, clapped, and asked whether it was now time to go to the cafe...

During the performance there were a number of young theatregoers who exclaimed: ‘How beautiful!’ 

Before theatre day, one girl, who is staying in a safe house, said that she would never visit the theatre on her own in her life – but after the theatre visit she specified that she hadn’t known what she was missing. She said that if there are any more of these events in the future, she would now be happy to participate and wouldn’t run away from the safe house anymore. Another girl is currently experiencing a stressful period in her life – the performance helped her to direct her attention elsewhere. The girls dressed themselves up for their visit to the theatre, and enjoyed the performance and the visit to the Lido cafe afterwards. At the cafe, the children had the opportunity to choose what they wanted according to their own taste. On theatre day it doesn’t pay to rush: you should give yourself the opportunity to enjoy things. It gives a lot to so many children as well as parents.

Does the orchestra have a guitar?

On the way home, everyone knew the correct answer. Even to the question of whether an orchestra has a guitar. The brochure introducing the theatre offered the excitement of discovery. The children carefully studied which rooms they had entered during their excursion. The next day, Tarvi brought along his brochure to the kindergarten, to show everyone else. The Fund also gave families great joy with the gift of a Music Encyclopaedia, which will help children to easily find answers in the future to questions related to music and orchestras.


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