PROJECT CULMINATES IN A FREE PUBLIC CONCERT ON MAY 13 AT 11 AM IN THE NORCLIFFE FOUNDERS ROOM AT BENAROYA HALL
SEATTLE, WA – On Sunday, May 13, at 11 a.m., the Seattle Symphony will host an intimate final concert of the Lullaby Project, a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Now in its sixth year, the Lullaby Project is a partnership between the Symphony’s Simple Gifts initiative and Mary’s Place, a day shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The project is a workshop series which provides a support network for homeless mothers and fathers as they each create a personal lullaby for their children.
“There are some things in this world that are universal — like a parent’s love for their child,” says Laura Reynolds, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Education & Community Engagement, “The Lullaby Project uniquely provides parents from Mary’s Place the opportunity to communicate their hopes and dreams for their children through rhythms, harmonies and melodies. Their songs are a precious gift that they will be able to share together for the rest of their lives and highlights just how powerful music can be.”
The project began with a creative workshop, where the parents were guided to express their thoughts and hopes for their children in writing, while Seattle Symphony musicians and teaching artists helped draw out words, phrases and themes to craft them into verses and melodies, creating personalized lullabies. The parents were then invited to a private recording session at Benaroya Hall, during which Symphony musicians and teaching artists performed each of the lullabies on stage while Grammy Award-winning Seattle Symphony audio engineer Dmitriy Lipay recorded the performances. A sharing session will take place on May 7, which serves as a time of reflection and discussion, and each participant will be presented with a personal recording of their lullaby. The project culminates on Sunday, May 13 at 11 a.m. with a public performance in the Norcliffe Founders Room at Benaroya Hall, where all lullabies will be performed live.