Friday, December 27, 2002

Good News

Students get a taste of music in jam sessions

Preschoolers will learn about music and visual art in combination when the Taft Museum of Art teams with Linton Chamber Music Series for Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, Jan. 11-Feb 1.

The informal concerts are designed to introduce preschoolers and their families to the sounds of chamber music while they mix in some visual artwork.

The children participate in song, dance and games, and they also meet the musicians and learn about their instruments.

The sessions will start at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave., Jan. 11; Wyoming Fine Arts Center 322 Wyoming Ave., Jan. 18; St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Jan. 25; and Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York St., Newport, Feb.1.

Information: 241-0343.

Two youths will serve as liaisons to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission to give a voice to issues facing youth in the community.

They are Bryan Lee, a junior at Walnut Hills High School, and Soroya Edwards, a sophomore at Cincinnati Academy of Math and Science in the Hughes Center.

The youths were appointed by the commission to one-year terms on the Cincinnati Recreation Commission Board.

Bryan worked in Recreation's Youth Employment Corps last summer at Butterfield Center downtown and was a past participant on Krueck Community Center's swim team.

Soroya worked last summer for the Commission's Youth Employment also at the Therapeutic Recreation staff in the College Hill Day Camp program.

She made the 2002 National Honor Roll Award and 2002 Who's Who among American High School students.

Seniors who can remember the glorious days of the Funk Brothers Band relived those days this week at a free showing of the movie, Standing in the Shadow of Motown.

Local musician Bootsy Collins partnered with Radio Station WCIN 1480 AM and owners of the Esquire Theater to treat seniors residing in nursing homes to the movie.

"We had about 95 seniors who attended the movie," said John Thomas, general manager of WCIN. "Holidays can be such a lonely time for many seniors. They are often overlooked. We wanted to do something to make them feel special with an event they could relate to - sharing the music they grew up with."

The movie recounts the Funk Brothers band out of Detroit which backed up many of the legendary Motown artists, such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and many others.

Mr. Collins was also popular during that period as a bassist and singer with the band, Parliament Funkadelic.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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