Collecting Consort concerts are an unique
experience. One of our presenters described our performance as a total emotional
massage. We entertain and educate with a sensitive blend of music, drama,
stories, nature sounds, and narration. Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, keyboard,
flutes, whistles, and other woodwinds, deliver appealing musical arrangements.
In addition to the traditional airs and
laments, we will apply a few jigs, mazurkas, and polkas just to make sure
everyone’s tastes are satisfied. Don’t be surprised if you find a little
Bach or Chopin thrown in with Broadway show tunes along with a contemporary composition
by one of our composer friends.
Verbal introductions to each selection are
designed to enhance the experience of the listener. We also include a few
stories, poetry and other readings for added meaning.
The experience is designed to paint pictures
of past memories, touch the warmest of emotions, and maybe present some
interesting concepts, perceptions, or ideas.
You can expect to find the addition of gentle
nature sounds we have recorded around Michigan. These will be creatively mixed
with story and music.
Due to our extended experience with all age
groups from pre-school to senior citizens, we are well equipped to pick music
and stories that will appeal to any age group. Language, content, and
presentations are always changing depending upon the desires, capacities and
needs of our audience. (click here to link to school
assembles and workshops)
MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
This wonderful story by world
renown French author, Jean Giono, touched us deeply when we first read it many
years ago. It tells of a man who lost his family, and went to live a
solitary life in a desolate area of France. Raising sheep for his
livelihood, he took it upon himself to re-forest the land by planting 100 acorns
The narrator of the story
tells about the many visits he makes through the years to visit Elzeard Bouffier,
planter of trees. The time period of the story extends from the First
World War to the Second World War and documents the development of a luscious
natural habitat, including animals, springs, etc. during the passing of 30
years. This unselfish contribution of Elzeard Bouffier is an ideal story
for suggesting to people, that they, as individuals, can make a
FOR HEALING AND TRANSITION
This program provides audiences with
an introduction to the healing and transition capacities available
We are both graduates
from the Live Music for Healing and Transition Program. As a result of
this training, we are Certified Music Practitioners (we are not music
therapists) and provide music to assist with acute and chronic health
procedures, and illnesses as well as "nearing death"
We practice this art
as hospice volunteers and maintain a small private practice.
This program demonstrates the
different musical approaches we utilize and accountings of some of our
experiences as Certified Music Practitioners.
AND MESSAGES WITH MEANING
Our new concert program for this year was
debuted at Battle Creek’s "Midnight on the Creek" on New Years Eve
and was very well received due to its informative, inspirational, historical,
and patriotic themes.
Similar to our other concerts, we feature a
wide variety of stories and readings along with the usual Collecting Consort
music performed sensitively on the Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, whistles, and
flutes. We will share the story behind the "Star Spangled
Banner", along with readings of the "Gettysburg Address", Shel
Silverstein’s "Unicorn Song", and Eugene Field’s "Wyken,
Blyken, and Nod" (recorded on "Meditative Readings").
You will also find a hilarious version of Garrison Keeler's "The Old Man
Who Loved Cheese"
Music will vary from the Peruvian
"El Condor Pasa", George Gershwin's classic jazz melody,
"Summertime" to a Celtic jig or two. Light classical and
contemporary music will be added for a good mix giving the audience an
entertaining and meaningful experience.
Collecting Consort favorite follows Michigan’s history from the Ice Age and the
Native Americans to the present. Along this trip, we creatively utilize stories
and folk music to represent the important ethnic groups who have made Michigan
what it is today. In addition, you will discover the poetry of Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow, experience the storm that inspired “How Great Thou Art” and meet
Henry Ford talking about his first car.
Please note our “Michigan’s
Heritage” recording features the music included in this concert.
This program explores music and stories that
document and reveal their spiritual significance in many different ways. Of
course, we feature some of the favorite old hymns along with classical music
inspired by the Christian church. In addition you will find Native American
music, Jewish folk melodies, and other traditional melodies that are guaranteed
to move your “Spirit Within” Several of the selections from our “Spiritual
Essence” and “Reverence” recordings are
A FORM OF EXPRESSION
Are you aware of the many ways you can
experience music? Did you know it can tell a story? How about painting a picture
like a landscape or a portrait? It can also set a mood, recall pleasant old
memories, or alter your feelings. This “music therapy” concert is
emotionally moving and educational.
NATIVITY ACCORDING TO JOSEPH
Have you ever thought about what it would be
like to experience the happenings surrounding the nativity from Joseph’s
perspective? Join him as he recalls the events, his feelings, and
his responses from the time he discovers the pending birth until he leaves
Jerusalem with his new family to escape King Herod. Favorite traditional
carols played by the Collecting Consort add emotional depth to this unusual
This program features Old World carols
accompanied by stories that were brought here to the New World by the European
immigrants. Learn about the history of Santa Claus, and the stories behind “Silent
Night” and “I Wonder as I Wander”. Musical selections are taken from our
“American Christmas” and “Season’s
PICK THE TITLE
If you have a group that has specific
interests, or you wish to celebrate a special date or holiday, we can do an
original program for you. For example, you may request a specific theme such as
Celtic, Irish, American, etc. We also work with spiritual themes around
religious holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc. and our eclectic
experiences in Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, United Church of Christ,
and Congregational organizations have been extended to programs for Catholic and
Jewish congregations. So, if you have an idea, let us know, and we will welcome
the creative opportunity to explore it with you.
Imagine traveling with your group of senior
citizens, church or service group to an unknown destination. You leave the
highway for a short trip on a country road and turn into a long driveway covered
by oak, basswood, pine and cedar. Stopping to let the deer cross, or waiting for
the wild turkeys to abandon the thoroughfare, you realize you are entering a
Your destination reached, you leave your
vehicle to be awed by the view of Big Brimmer Lake and the valley below. Inside,
you discover you are guests in our home and recording studio. After exploring
all the antiques, plants, instruments and sound recording equipment, you are
comfortably seated by the fireplace. While watching the bird feeder and the
panorama of the changing seasons, your own personal concert introduces you to
the Collecting Consort music and stories.
After your informal concert, you are served
homemade cookies with coffee or tea. We extend our hospitality by answering your
questions and appreciate your comments about our creative ventures and its
impact upon you.
This experience can be available to any group.
We suggest a limit of 40 participants. Call us for details