KO Choral Director's Creativity Shines in Nightfall
Fans of KO’s choirs know that it’s equally as much fun to watch Choral Director Steve Mitchell conducting the students as it is to listen to the singers. Exuberant and joyful, Mitchell leads the students with high energy, demanding the students deliver their all. And, they do.
In addition to Mitchell's extraordinary ability with students, he also is a co-founder and technical director of Nightfall, one of Hartford’s most cherished community traditions that celebrates nature and the transition of the seasons. Created by the inventive Anne Cubberly, the first artist in residence of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Nightfall infuses the evening’s original story with oversized puppets, eye-catching costumes, upbeat music, and dramatic dances. It’s a visual extravaganza that allows the young and old, native and non-native speaker access to the pageantry.
While Mitchell was the minister of art and music at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church several years ago, he and Cubberly initiated the Parade Project for local families to build props, produce costumes, practice stilt walking and create humongous puppets. The idea bloomed, and Nightfall now is a much-anticipated annual community highlight that is showcased in one of several parks in Hartford from Elizabeth Park, Pope Park, and Keney Park each year. In the spirit of unity and cooperation, Nightfall is an all-hands on deck affair. Local artists and performers team up with residents in the neighborhoods to craft magical lanterns that are a highlight of the evening’s processional.
Mitchell said, "I love Hartford and get so much out of working with talented artists from across our region. In our mission to pay artists for making art, we are able to support local artists, dancers, musicians, and actors, while fostering new relationships and collaborations throughout the year. It is my passion and my joy!"
This year’s event will take place in Colt Park in Hartford on Saturday, October 5. The park opens at 2:00 p.m. so that families can tour the grounds, shop at the local crafts tables and set up picnic blankets. The main show begins at 6:00 p.m. The event is free of charge. For more information, here is a link to Nightfall.
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