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3RD ANNUAL KIDS OPERA & ART POSSE RING CYCLE ENDURANCE WALK 2015

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BENEFITING: METROPOLITAN OPERA GUILD INC

ORGANIZER: Kids Opera Art Posse

EVENT DATE: Aug 30, 2015

Layla Felder

THE STORY:

We took two trips to NYC this past year to see live operas.  We saw Macbeth and Carmen.  During the March 2015 trip to see Carmen, The Kids Opera & Art Posse was honored at a Met Opera Patron Lunch prior to the opera.  There was a woman who gave a speech about my club.  I felt like a human tomato I was blushing so hard!  Carmen was even more spectacular.  Elīna Garanča gave the performance personality and action.  My knees were shaking in my seat even before I got backstage.

During the performance of Macbeth I was transfixed by Anna Netrebko.  She sang louder than the chorus, which was made up of something like 60 singers!  Her voice filled the entire opera house with no microphone!  When she was onstage and singing, she demanded the attention of every pair of eyes in the room.  During the intermission of Macbeth we went to Peter Gelb’s office for hot cocoa and cookies.  As we sat on the squishy couches in the room I talked to Jeanette and Joe Neubauer.  They are philanthropists and the MET Opera’s biggest donors.  I met Anna after the show and we took pictures with her and I touched her handbag!!!

This is my 2nd year of being a MET Opera HD Ambassador.  On Saturdays, I set up a table outside my local movie theater.  On my table is the synopsis for that day’s production, several radio guides, MET Opera season bookmarks and more.  I ask the operagoers if they want to sign up to receive a radio.  Before the show starts my Mom and I give a short speech to thank them for coming, ask them to donate to the MET, and to remind them when the next broadcast is.

Back in the age before technology, people were reading and playing outside to pass the time.  There was no Disney Channel or Cartoon Network to keep children quiet and out of the way.   Instead of going to the movies like we do today, families would go to plays or operas as a form of a family outing.  Now in the 21st century, children are glued to their screens for countless hours of time that could be used for socializing or reading or playing the old fashioned way.  Children should go to operas because in a way you are learning while watching.  The stories have history, and teach morals and they teach you about different voice types.  If the operas are based on real times in history, it is like going to a very interesting visual, 2-hour history class.  There are also many different instruments in the orchestra.  Many bands today have only a single guitar, drums and a keyboard.  Operas on the other hand have violins, cellos, bases, bassoons, clarinets and more! 

Opera promotes learning across subjects- language arts, history, foreign language, storytelling, acting, theater, movement, dance and visual arts.  It promotes critical and creative thinking.  It also helps them with social coping and readiness skills.  When kids go to operas not once, but many times, they are proven to score better on standardized tests.  I have done a little bit of research about what opera can do emotionally for kids and adults.  Opera and music therapy boosts confidence, and control.  It can help kids and grown-ups express feelings and emotions that are tough to say in words.  To date we have helped more than 55,000 kids and teachers see and enjoy opera in more 1,600 schools in 20 states!  You are helping thousands of kids who probably have never seen an opera before, and who probably have a stereotypical idea of what opera is experience magic.  You are helping them see that opera is not just random people yodeling onstage wearing a Viking hat, but a story brought to life by handmade costumes and realistic sets mixed with soothing waves of orchestral music and melodic singing.  Tell me that is not something that any child, or adult for that matter, would not want to see.  We would be very grateful if you could sponsor us in any way you can

Please feel free to share this link with any friends and family that might want to donate.  The MET and I sincerely appreciate your donations and so do the kids who have the treat of seeing a MET Opera production Live in HD.

Sincerely, 

Layla Felder

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MONEY RAISED
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  • Layla Felder

    $100

  • Nick & Alicia Felder

    $200

  • Inez Sewell

    $100

  • Jesse, Tom and Barbara

    $110

  • Owen, Sara & Jonathan Tucker

    $100

  • Lisa Roberts

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bill & Cindy Voyles

    $500

  • Greg Cronkhite

    $25

  • Lucinda Bunnen for Layla

    $500

  • Winnie Little

    $100

  • John & Christina

    $200

  • Quincy Bonds- Phat Kidz Comedy Stand Up & Improv

    $50

  • Marian Goldberg

    $50

  • Donald & Constance Goodlitt

    $100

  • Louis Felder

    $100

  • Ada Bergman

    $50

  • Hillary Fowler

    $50

  • Patty & Max

    $25

  • Kimberly McDonald

    $200

  • Switch Modern

    $150

  • Dr. Susan Lee

    $300

  • The Solomon Family

    $50

  • The Bedwell Family

    $50

  • Wini McQueen

    $50

  • The Wine Cellars

    $40

  • Sarah Armstrong

    $50

  • Jesse Chang-Frieden

    $100

  • Owen Tucker

    $50

  • Sensei and Deirdre

    $100

  • Jordan & Megan Walter

    $40

  • Asuka Saito

    $30

  • Risley Smith

    $50

  • Lucinda Bunnen

    $100

  • Christiane Wimmer

    $100

  • The Joyce Family

    $50

  • The Von Platen Family

    $100

  • The Bishko Family

    $25

  • The Radowski Family

    $20

  • The Smith Family

    $50

  • The Jacquorie Family

    $200

  • The Felder Family

    $45

  • Faye Popper

    $100

  • Thao Boudard

    $40

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Layla Felder

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Faye Popper

Faye Popper

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