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Literacy comes in many different forms. This month, inspire your young ones with a magical, musical, storytelling adventure.

Be enchanted as Wadjigany author, Maree McCarthy Yoelu, reads from her picture book Brother Moon, accompanied by a live string quartet and followed by drawing and storytelling activities.

Darwin Symphony OrchestraFor Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Concert Master Tara Murphy, the opportunity to add a musical layer to this unique story is an exciting one.

“Netanela Mizrahi was commissioned to write a wonderfully shimmery, lilting, score to accompany Maree’s engaging story, and Samantha’s illustrations,” she says.

“It’s scored for violin and cello, and these two instruments are part of the same musical family, so they blend beautifully.”

Murphy says the event for primary school aged kids includes a drawing activity guided by Brother Moon illustrator Samantha Fry, and other activities to inspire unique ways of storytelling.

“The DSO String Quartet will help guide our imaginations through different creative storytelling activities. Kids can listen to the music and draw, write a story, or create poetry as they listen.”

The event wraps with a choose-your-own musical adventure, everyone working together to create an original story, translated into a musical soundtrack by string quartet on the spot.

“It’s a great reminder that literacy comes in many different forms, and that stories can be created in many different ways,” says Murphy.

The event, a collaboration between NT Writers Centre and DSO, includes plans for the release of an animated version of Brother Moon, featuring Mizrahi’s original score.

NT Writers' Centre Program Manager Rita Horanyi says they’re excited to team up for this one.

“It’s wonderful to be able to bring Maree McCarthy Yoelu and Samantha Fry’s atmospheric picture book to life through animation and music, and to engage students in literacy and music education in such an engaging interactive event.”

SAT 11 SEP | 9.30AM & 11AM
COST $15 | $5 CHILD

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