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Virtual Field Trips and Workshops

Eudora's Fable: THE SHOE BIRD

An adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty’s only children’s book, The Shoe Bird.
2008 Grammy Award nomination for "Best Musical Album for Children"

Eudora's Fable: The Shoe Bird is a musical fable written for children's choir, narration, and orchestra. The work is based on the only children's book ever written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty, The Shoe Bird. First published in 1964, the story is considered a fanciful fable, like Aesop, about animals, containing a moral or lesson. While describing the many birds of the story, the music introduces and expands the audience's knowledge of the orchestra instruments by featuring the auxiliary instruments of the woodwind section.

Palm Beach Symphony will be joined by a 30-voice chorus with members from Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. The ensemble will be led by the Symphony's Music Director Gerard Schwarz and narrated by voice actor and director Charlie Adler, known for his multiple roles as Cow, Chicken, and The Red Guy in the Emmy-nominated series Cow and Chicken as well as Buster Bunny on Tiny Toon Adventures, Ed and Bev Bighead on Rocko's Modern Life and Ickis on Aahh!!! Real Monsters. Commissioned specifically for this production by painter and sculpture artist Ed McGowin, enjoy bigger than life-sized artwork projected behind the orchestra as the story unfolds.

Teachers will have access to view the production as many times as they wish between November 1-30. Once the teachers receive the secured link from the Kravis Center, they will be able to show the concert production to multiple classes and break up the viewing into two sessions if needed.

Join us to expand our educational outreach!

Be instrumental in Palm Beach Symphony's reach to thousands of students and families nationally with it's adventures of Eudora's Fable : The Shoe Bird.

Palm Beach Symphony collaborated with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, who helped design age appropriate pre- and post- concert workshops for students at schools who attended the school field trip performance. These workshops, administered through the schools/ media specialists, focused on social-emotional, literacy, visual art, and social students/environmental. topics. Over 6,000 students attended the production virtually and are all offered extended learning opportunities to further assist with engaging them in the concert production and furthering there music education! 

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We are grateful for any contribution. We are especially excited about the possibility of this multi-facet performance being aired nationally, and hope you will grow your support to be instrumental in bringing this dream to fruition!

Virtual Field Trips for Schools

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Dates: November 1 - 30, 2021
Appropriate for Grades: 3 - 12.
Suggested reading level for "The Shoe Bird" book is Grades 3-6.
Suggested Curricula and Standards: Music, Language Arts. MU.3.C.1.3, MU.3.C.1.4, MU.3.F.1.1, MU.4.C.1.1, MU.4.C.1.3, MU.4.C.1.4, MU.4.O.3.1, MU.5.C.1.3, MU.5.C.1.4, MU.5.O.3.1, MU.5.S.3.1, MU.68.C.1.1, MU.68.C.1.3, MU.68.C.1.4, MU.68.O.1.1, MU.68.S.3.2, LAFS.4.RL.2.6, WL.K12.IL.1.5

Make your reservations for your school group through the Kravis Classroom Connection website by clicking here!

Workshops for Students

Pre-Concert Music and literacy workshops are intended as extended learning opportunities for students in elementary and middle school grades.

Through our partnership with the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, age-appropriate literacy workshops have been specifically designed for upper elementary and middle school students. These workshops focus on proverbs and idiomatic expressions of phrases from around the world that feature birds. All public elementary and middle schools will receive a FREE copy of Eudora Welty's book "The Shoe Bird" and Literacy Kits will be provided to the media specialists of schools registered to view the concert production. Please see your school's media specialist for more details about these workshops for your students.

Music workshops, led by Symphony teaching artists, are offered to students in grades 3 - 6. Students will explore meter and musical phrases as well as be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra, specifically the auxiliary instruments of the woodwind section that represent the main characters in the story. Music workshops may be presented in-person in school classrooms or virtually and are FREE to educators. Simply fill out the form below to request a "The Shoe Bird" music workshop at your school.

Request for Music Workshop: THE SHOE BIRD

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