Students enjoy an evening of ‘edutainment’
Hundreds of private and public school students were able to take in the premiere school-only showing of Dion Cunningham’s Adventures in the Arts: Act II which gave them a look at the history of music with selections from Bach, Mozart and Kapustin, and reintroduced composers of soundtracks including Zelda and Super Mario, composed by Koji Kondo. Selections also included the likes of classical baroque, video game and movie favorites such as Harry Potter and The Little Mermaid.
The celebration of music, arts and “edutainment” was the result of the doctoral candidate’s travels worldwide in his quest to master the musical art of performance piano.
His Adventures in the Arts: Act II debut performance was held at Christ Community Church.
Adventures in the Arts first debuted in 2016 as a solo performance, school-only event.
This year’s revamp of Adventures in the Arts featured a more robust cast composed of pianist Dion Cunningham, soprano Chara Miller, visual artist Allan Pachino Wallace and international dancers Daphne Lee, of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Jared Brunson, of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
The children enjoyed the mix of piano, dance, live art and song and learned more about the composers and the music of that era.
Adventures in the Arts seeks to entertain and educate Bahamians interested in creating a future within the arts.
It is Cunningham’s dream to use his career as a performer and an educator to inspire those from non-traditional backgrounds to pursue careers in music. He believes that music has immense power to bring about the positive change needed in communities by promoting mutual understanding of things that connect people as human beings.