2012-2014 Arts On Tour Roster
Donna Wissinger and Artz Out Loud
Music and Theater, flutes, fifes, penny whistles, percussion, and piano
$750 - $2,400
2199 Astor Street # 502
Orange Park, FL 32073
Flutist/storyteller Donna Wissinger performs family-friendly concert programs and residencies that dazzle and educate audiences of all ages. Communities throughout the US are thrilled by her award-winning K-12 educational programs that conclude with entire families coming together for evenings featuring her virtuosic playing and storytelling in recital or in concert with their symphony orchestra or high school ensembles. Donna “makes every audience feel a part of the performance. Students and teachers are still talking about and learning from the programs; this was by far the best and most exciting residency we have ever had.”
Donna’s educational activities provide programming for preK-12 students: The Pied Piper and Other Fantastic Tales; Myths, Legends, and Fables; The World Turned Upside Down: Music and Stories of the American Revolution, and Beowulf: A tale of Courage and Honor. Each program includes several strands of the Sunshine State Standards.
Available for Tour
Allied Community Concerts
Donna Wissinger on Tour
Donna Wissinger and Joy Myers
An American Tapestry: Freedom
A multi-media concert of music, stories, and art.
Viva Florida Program Available for Tour
Journey into Legendary Florida - A multi-media Concert Celebrating 500 years of Florida History
Music, stories, and visual art turn the pages of 500 years of history to enthrall students with the rich heritage that is Florida. Students journey through time in Florida beginning with the plaintive voices of the earliest inhabitants to the arrival, conquests, and adventures of Ponce de Leon and De Soto, then range across the state to the cowboys and the pioneers in space.
According to Florida historian Dr. Gary Mormino, one of the most important events in the state’s history occurred sometime in the early 16th century. When Ponce de Leon first sighted land near present day Cape Canaveral in 1513, as many as 150,000 natives lived in the place he christened La Florida. Natives had been living there for at least 10,000 years; tribes and peoples called Timucua, Apalachee, Pensacola, Calusa, Creek, and Tequesta. Although they are gone, their place names endure today.
Florida’s history, like America’s, is one of youthful energy. It is one of Spanish explorers and immigrants, of people still seeking the Fountain of Youth, of cowboys, and those seeking frontiers in space. Within the boundaries of the state is the oldest occupied city in North America, as well as the launching site of the first manned trip to the moon. Ponce de Leon named the peninsula La Florida because it reminded him of the Spanish ‘feast of flowers.’ The poet Elizabeth Bishop rhapsodized that Florida is ‘the state with the prettiest name.’ COME! Journey into Florida with us!