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Joyful Noise series Jan. 27 concert: “Arts in the Afternoon for Families”

Mary Shae Rys, far left, former Liverpool Teacher of the Year, leads pupils on a chase as part of an interactive storytelling adventure. She will tell stories Jan. 27 as part of the Joyful Noise for Children concert in Liverpool.

Mary Shae Rys, far left, former Liverpool Teacher of the Year, leads pupils on a chase as part of an interactive storytelling adventure. She will tell stories Jan. 27 as part of the Joyful Noise for Children concert in Liverpool. Linda Loomis

— An afternoon in the arts especially for children is the opening event for the spring 2013 season of Joyful Noise Concert Series for the community. The free concert and following activities, including nutritional snacks, will be held at Liverpool First United Methodist Church Jan. 27 at 4 p.m.

Robert Marshall Auler, a nationally renowned concert pianist who teaches music at SUNY Oswego, will be at the piano, playing music especially suited to young audiences. But that’s just the beginning of the art-full afternoon for the young and young-at-heart in the community. After the concert, which will be performed with a narrator and will feature projected images to illustrate the compositions, children will visit stations set up to invite them to play various instruments and use visual arts to interpret music. They can try a violin with teacher Becky Dodd, try a flute with teacher Betsey McGee or play other musical and percussion instruments.

Storyteller and local teacher Mary Shea Rys will weave intriguing tales that involve audience participation, and artist Elisabeth Holmes will help children complete hands-on creative projects in a variety of media.

“A day in the arts for children has been a goal of the Joyful Noise advisory board for a while,” Linda Loomis says. “We are excited that it is coming together as our first event of 2013.”

Joyful Noise is in its fifth year as a grassroots initiative, designed to bring together talented local musicians with appreciative audiences in an affordable, comfortable setting. Founding Artistic Director James Welsch, who also served as director of music ministries at the church and taught composition and theory at Syracuse University, launched the series as a community program.

Seating is free for all Joyful Noise concerts. Donations are sought to provide honoraria for the performers.

For information about the event for families or about the series, call 457-5180.

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