Tales on Four Strings

Nova Deco presents three stories and explores the connection between music and story. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Simms Taback's Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and Munro Leaf's Ferdinand are accompanied with music performed by the violin duo. All three stories have in common the theme of conquering fears and being true to one's self. Gulliver's Travels is accompanied with music written by G.F.Telemann in 1729, 2 years after Swift's book was published. His response to the story uses visual and notational ideas, so music notation, fractions and humor are discussed. Joseph is a traditional Yiddish song about recycling; the original song plus others from the Yiddish musical idiom are used to enhance each verse of the song. Ferdinand uses Spanish flavored excerpts and thematic connections to tell the story of the bull who only wanted to be himself. The students are exposed to musical style, musical notation, travel, recycling, repurposing and the concept of 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.


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J. Morton, Franklin Elementary, Wichita

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Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Tim Rogers

Lai-L Daugherty

Teresa Seymour

Rodney Horton

Chris Wendt