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Sunday, May 19, 2024

sun09jun2:00 pmsun4:00 pmSensory-Accessible Concert: Mi'kmaw MoonsEvent Type Music2:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT-03:00) Halifax Central Library Paul O'Reagan Hall, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, B3J 1E9, Canada

Event Details

Cecilia Concerts and the Halifax Public Libraries present the season-closing performance of its Sensory-Accessible Concerts series.

Audience members are invited to explore the rich traditions of Mi’kma’ki as LeBlanc, co-author of “Mi’kmaw Moons: The Seasons in Mi’kma’ki,” guides attendees through the ecological and celestial cycles of the moons using a Two-Eyed Seeing approach, including stories of spring and summer moons like Penatmuiku’s (Birds Laying Eggs Time), Sqoljuiku’s (Frogs Croaking Time), and Nipniku’s (Trees Fully Leafed Time.) This all-ages friendly program features lots of music including classical pieces like Claude Debussy’s “Clair de lune” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Notturno” from his 1905 collection “Sei Pezzi,” alongside lively and beloved songs such as “Fireflies” by Laurie Berkner, the cheerful “Red Red Robin” by Harry Woods, the soothing “Little Birds” by Bob Marley, and Stephanie Leavell’s enchanting “Sparkly Stars & the Big Calm Moon.”

This series of Sensory-Accessible Concerts, now in its third year, was designed to make live music accessible to more people, including autistic, neurodivergent, and intellectually disabled community members of all ages and their families, as well as seniors with age-related changes in hearing and vision that can make loud noises and bright lights uncomfortable, or for anyone with underlying conditions that can affect their sensory processing and make traditional concert environments challenging. The specially curated concerts are staffed by music therapists and dance artists, and are designed to be inclusive, accommodating, and enjoyable for everyone in a welcoming and friendly environment.

The Two-Eyed Seeing approach is a concept coined by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall. It advocates for the respectful integration of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems, suggesting that one can benefit from “seeing” through both perspectives simultaneously. This approach emphasizes the value of each system’s strengths while addressing complex issues more comprehensively. It is often applied in various fields including education, health, and environmental management, promoting collaboration and deeper understanding across cultures.

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