By Mike Lauterborn
(for Westport News)
Westport, CT – Sounding a bit like folk rock trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Ann Hall and her Music for Children staff and students spurred children to jump to their feet and their parents to clap in time to a host of holiday tunes Sunday afternoon at Westport Historical Society.
It was the eighth consecutive year Hall had performed at the 25 Avery Place facility, and the event drew a full house of families. After enjoying and interacting with 15 holiday music classics, attendees snacked on hot chocolate and holiday cookies.
“This is so inviting in this informal setting,” said Hall of the space. “Performers and the audience are voice to voice, and eye to eye.”
Hall spoke about her center, which targets children from babies through age 14. “We offer comprehensive music education in a theoretical but playful environment,” she said. “Voice, dance, movement, eurythmics. Everything taught at a conservatory level is served to children and youth through dramatic musical play.”