Project Culminates in Free Public Concert on Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, May 9, the Seattle Symphony invites the public to an intimate final concert of the Lullaby Project, a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. A partnership between the Symphony’s Community Connections program and Mary’s Place, a day shelter for mothers who are homeless or are in transit and their children, the Lullaby Project is a workshop series which provides a support network for the mothers as they each create a personal lullaby for their children.
“We believe that music touches the soul deeply, in ways that words cannot,” says Kelly Dylla, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, “the Lullaby Project uniquely provides mothers from Mary’s Place the opportunity to communicate their love and commitment to their children not through a physical gift, but through rhythms, harmonies and melodies which will help forge a deeper mother-child bond. These songs communicate hope, joy, pride and love to their young children. Although only a few women participate in the program, these songs transform the listener, often igniting memories of their own maternal relationships. The Seattle Symphony is committed to connecting individuals to the power of music and the Lullaby Project highlights just how powerful music can be.”
Since March, Seattle Symphony musicians and teaching artists have met with eight participating mothers during various workshops and exchanges. A sing-along session began the project with an introduction to the mothers, the musicians and the Lullaby Project. It was followed by a creative workshop, where mothers were guided to express their thoughts and hopes for their children in writing, while Symphony musicians and teaching artists helped pull out words, phrases and themes to craft them into verses and melodies, creating personalized lullabies. The mothers were then invited to a private recording session at Benaroya Hall, during which Symphony musicians and teaching artists performed each mother’s lullabies on stage while Seattle Symphony audio engineer Dmitriy Lipay recorded the performances. A sharing session took place this week, which served as a time of reflection and discussion, and each mother was presented with a personal recording of her lullaby. The project culminates on Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. with a public performance in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center where all lullabies will be performed live.
The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations necessary, however space is very limited. Soundbridge will open 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. performance. Visit the Lullaby Project online or call 206.336.6650 for more information. Media should contact You You Xia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.215.4758
Special thank you to Alyson Moon and Marty Hartman from Mary’s Place, and Ten Grands Seattle for donating roses.
The Seattle Symphony’s Family, School & Community programs are supported by 4Culture, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Boeing Company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Inc., the Elizabeth McGraw Foundation, the Fales Foundation Trust, the League of American Orchestras, Richard and Francine Loeb, Kjristine Lund, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Peach Foundation, the Peg and Rick Young Foundation, the Schiff Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the Snoqualmie Tribe, Ten Grands Seattle, the U.S. Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo and the Wyman Youth Trust.
Photo credit: Tracey Salazar