On Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa 2nd Graders took a field trip to the Ordway in St. Paul, MN to hear the Creole Choir of Cuba. The choir members are all descendants of Haitian migrants in Cuba; they perform music that has been passed down in their families since the early 19th century. The choir sings in the Haitian Creole Language.
Prior to attending the concert the 2nd grade students learned about some of the history of Cuba, facts about Cuba today: including climate, terrain and population. They also learned about Cuban music styles and instruments.
Some of the comments that the children wrote about the concert were “I saw very colorful dresses on the singers.” “I liked their scarves they danced with.” “The performance reminded me of the Lion King.” “My favorite part of the program was the song “Pio, Pio, Pio” and dancing like a chicken.” “The music made me feel happy.” “The music made me feel like I wanted to get up and dance on the stage.” “I liked the clapping and dancing.” This field trip was sponsored by Parents In Education.