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Help us record our kid's CD and allow classical music to capture children's imaginations in areas where arts education is being cut!
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We're raising money to distribute fun, free classical music and stories to programs and educators in areas where arts funding has been eliminated!

Update!  Since a lot of people have been asking us...

How can you help us?

1. Donate!! Every pledge, from $1 to $10,000 will be used to introduce more kids to the wonderful world of classical music!

2. Help us spread the word!  Follow us on Twitter @PianoCarnie and post our link on Facebook!

3. Tell your Friends!

For Press Inquiries, please write to savethearts@elizabethschumann.com

We really appreciate press coverage, so if you think this is an interesting story, contact us!  We're available for interviews!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled description...

Who are we?

Sonya and I are classical concert pianists who happen to be sisters.  You can read about us at www.schumannduo.com and www.elizabethschumann.com.

We decided to record a children's CD which, through narrative storytelling, is an attractive vehicle for classical piano pieces. 

Why do we want to record a children's CD?

Government funding for Arts Education has been cut everywhere, and we're worried that children are not exposed to classical music. If classical music could be presented to young children in a way that captured their imaginations, a larger audience of children could grow to love music in a way that would enrich their whole lives.

What is the goal?

To allow elementary school aged children to discover the world of classical music

What are the objectives?

1. To record a CD!!

2. To distribute free copies to programs and educators where arts funding is being cut!  We're working with like minded non-profit organizations including Save the Music and The Fine Arts Initiative to help make sure that kids have the opportunity to hear high quality classical music.

So, what is the narrative plot of the CD?

The recording will present 20 short movements and classical piano pieces, each shorter than 2 minutes.  These pieces will be presented within two narratives, in a combination of the classic radio drama and a concert of classical favorites. 

The first story, written in verse, is about a little girl who loves animals so much that she hides at the zoo's closing time and is locked inside overnight.  There she sees wondrous things: A tortoise who moves so slowly that he sees everything else in the world as a blur, a midnight skeleton ball (tuxedo clad fossils!) and a myriad of other mysterious creatures doing bizarre and whimsical things.  This poetry is based around the Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals”, written for two pianos.

In the second story, the little girl has a magic, talking piano, which plays any piece she asks.  At first she uses the piano so that her strict grandma and grumpy piano teacher will think she's practicing... However, they think her playing is so marvelous that they send her on concert tour with her piano! Trapped in her own fibs, she fools everyone into thinking she is a prodigy, until the inevitable moralistic end, when the piano tires of her hubris and refuses to play for her!  Every piece that the magical piano performs will be logically integrated into the dialogue.

How will this Save the Arts?

Well, of course, the arts don't really need saving--they will always be there!  But it is very worrisome that kids aren't being exposed to high quality music.  We've seen first hand how just one pure musical seed can blossom into a lifelong, enriching love of music.  Showing a few children the power of classical music will open a door for them to see and experience music in a meaningful way.

How do I request a CD for my school or kids' program?

So glad you asked!!  Just write us an email and we'll be in touch!  savethearts@elizabethschumann.com

How do we plan to spend your hard earned money?

Although our musicians, artists, writers, voice actors and producers are donating their time, talent, and resources, putting out a high quality record will be expensive.  Kickstarter funds will pay for instrument rental, studio time, and recording equipment, as well as partially covering the costs of the audio engineering/mixing, team transportation, disc duplication, distribution and publicity. 

And again, just to be sure...

Contact us! savethearts@elizabethschumann.com

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    You'll get a digital copy of the CD before anyone else gets it, including liner notes, and a cyber hug. And, immense gratitude from us and the children you'll be helping! Think of the children!

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    We'll include you in the "Thank you" section of our website, and you'll receive two autographed CD's and even better karma!!

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    We'll send you 5 copies of the CD, and we'll put your name in the "Thank You" section of our limited-edition CD booklet, which we'll autograph and mail to you!

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    You'll receive all of the above, and you'll get to see an embarrassing documentary which we will film ourselves, covering the script development, the rehearsals, and recording of the CD. The DVD documentary will also include interviews and outtakes!

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    You can be a part of the narrative! We'll give you a line from the script, and you can record and email it to us for inclusion in the final recording. You'll also receive all of the above, which will include your spoken masterpiece!

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    You'll be listed as a patron in both the official CD booklet and on the website. We'll also send you up to 50 CD's... We'll contact you to find out how many you think you can give to children who will listen!

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    All of the above, and you can give a truly unique and amazing gift to a person in your life by naming one of the two main characters in their honor!

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