Bilingual Children's Concert Twice as Much Fun
The award-winning band Sol y Canto and teachers from the Spanish language program Hola La delighted kids and adults alike in an interactive concert at the Plymouth Church.
A blue-haired puppet and an award-winning bilingual band led an afternoon of singing and dancing yesterday afternoon at the Plymouth Church.
The Amadors gave a rousing performance that had a crowd of around 50 kids and their families dancing to songs from Sol y Canto’s children's CD, El Doble de Amigos (Twice as Many Friends), as well as from a CD they produced for Hola La.
“It has been a wonderful experience to collaborate with Brian and Rosi,” Teresa Burke, co-founder of Hola La, said at the show.
The puppets featured in the concert - Pepa, a 6-year-old girl who moved to the United States from Portugal, and her pets La Tortuga Tomasa (Tomasa the Turtle), Paco el Perro (Paco the Dog) and Señor Pez (Mr. Fish) - are part of Hola La's new curriculum, which it launched in the fall, according to Burke.
She also introduced a new puppet at the concert: Pepa’s “pesky” 4-year-old brother, Pepe, who will be featured in Hola La’s winter classes, which start this week.
Burke said the puppets have been a big hit in Hola La’s classes. “It’s been a slam dunk. We have found that the kids really relate to [Pepa],” she said.
A Framingham resident and a certified teacher who worked at the Barbieri Elementary school for two years, Burke started the company in 2005 with her sister, Colleen Staszak, who lives in Virginia. Burke, who is raising her own children to be bilingual, said she wanted to share her love of the Spanish language and culture with other kids, too.
Alexis Rivera, of Ashland, who was at the concert with his 3-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, said his children started taking Hola La’s classes in the fall. “They love the music,” Rivera said.
Hola La offers classes for children ages 1 to 8 in Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. The research-based program features music, puppets and games and aims to make learning Spanish fun for kids.