Penn Museum's Summer Wonder July Wednesday morning series celebrates the diversity of the world's cultures with five weeks of performance art.
Penn Museum's Summer Wonder Wednesday July morning series features a fun and diverse lineup of performances and demonstrations perfect for children ages 6 to 13 and the whole family. Enjoy international music, learn traditional Middle Eastern dance, hear stories from around the world, and more! Programs run from 11 am to noon, leaving time to visit the Museum.
Participants will have fun learning basic age appropriate belly dance, a traditional dance common to Egypt and the Middle East. Children will gain a taste of Egyptian music and dance while learning, exercising and having fun together.
Kurt Jung and Qin Qian will perform Chinese Music on various Chinese instruments. The performers will discuss the history of Chinese music and how it developed in Chinese society. They will also compare the differences in Western and Easter instruments and how they have been slowly incorporated in modern day music.
Master puppeteer, Steve Abrams, involves his audiences in everything he does, from the simplest form of puppetry, to an expert (and very funny) presentation of Aesop’s Fables. A brave mouse, a lazy fox and a very determined turtle are the featured players.
People throughout the world have told stories about how the places around them came into being. Some of these stories are very similar; sometimes they are very different. They express people’s understanding of the world and their place in it.
The Spice Route Ensemble is comprised of internationally acclaimed musicians of diverse Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean traditions, working towards the common goal of demonstrating multi-cultural cooperation through music. The featured musicians include Michele Tayoun (Lebanese), Bill Koutsouros (Greek), Adeeb Rafela (Egyptian) and Bruce Kaminsky (Jewish).