World cultures of music and art are the subject of this colorful program by Nova Deco. Classically trained violinists Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil use their skills to bring the world closer. After a short description of cultural and musical styles, music is used to tell three stories of the origins of native art. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola, tells the story of a young Native American painter who longs to paint the colors of the sunset. Setting the mood for the story, Nova Deco uses music from the Native American tradition, both with transcribed Native American tunes and with compositions based on Native American tonalities. The Spider Weaver by Margaret Musgrove, illustrated by Julia Cairns uses folk melodies from Ghana and Zimbabwe to tell the story of kente cloth. The master weaver who gives the secret of kente weaving to the two hunters is a large, yellow and black spider! Finally, the far east is brought near with Ma Lien and the Magic Paintbrush, a retelling of a Chinese folk story by Hisako Kimishima, illustrated by Kei Wakana and featuring music from The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto by Gang Chen and Ho Zhan Hao, which uses traditional Chinese folk melodies in a western concerto form. Music and art are magic!

SECD: Social Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Self-Discovery, Self-Awareness


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Appropriate for ages: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

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Costs: $360 duo performance


Nova Deco: Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil

Nova Deco is a violin duo formed by Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil in 2009. Wichita Symphony members and stand partners, the two violinists bring considerable experience to their performances along with the joy of playing and collaborating together.

Nancy Johnson has been Principal Second Violin in the Wichita Symphony since 2000. She is also on the faculty of Bethel College in North Newton, teaches private violin students, and performs extensively in the greater Wichita area.

Dominique Corbeil has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Currently Ms. Corbeil serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Wichita Grand Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Corbeil also has a busy teaching studio for violin students of all ages.


Wonderful artistry. Even our music teachers learned some new information.

J. Morton, Franklin Elementary, Wichita

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This Organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Board of directors

Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Tim Rogers

Lai-L Daugherty

Teresa Seymour

Rodney Horton

Chris Wendt