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Greenspring Residents to Perform with Local Students in Kid Pan Alley's "Across the Ages" Songwriting Residency

October 24, 2011

Six residents from Greenspring will work with 3rd and 5th graders from Forestdale Elementary for upcoming November 4th performances

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - Kid Pan Alley's intergenerational residency entitled "Across the Ages" will feature students from Forestdale Elementary School and seniors from Greenspringretirement community.  The two groups will collaborate leading up to two November 4 performances, where stories told by both the students and the seniors will be translated into song for the public.
WHEN:      Friday, November 4, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
WHERE:   Forestdale Elementary School
6530 Elder Avenue
Springfield, Virginia 22150
Kid Pan Alley Founder, Paul Reisler, and Kid Pan Alley Project Director, Paddy Dougherty, will work alongside the students and seniors as they both share stories and experiences about what its like to grow up today and yesteryear.
When Reisler first wrote songs with 600 children in Rappahannock County, Virginia, the resulting 50 original pieces were so inspiring that Reisler asked the area's professional musicians to record one of the songs in their own style.  The result was a CD entitled "Tidal Wave of Song," and served as the inspiration for Kid Pan Alley. Since then, Kid Pan Alley has inspired the creation of 1,800 original songs with 30,000 children nationwide. Two additional CDs have been recorded featuring artists such as Amy Grant, Delbert McClinton, and Sissy Spacek.  These CDs have earned a Grammy nomination, a Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE, Parents' Choice Gold and Silver awards, and several other honors.
This residency at Forestdale Elementary is presented with the generous support of the Forestdale Elementary School and their PTA, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Springfield Forest Citizens' Association.
For additional information on Kid Pan Alley at Forestdale Elementary, please contact Cynthia Paul (PTA President at Forestdale) at 703-313-0654 or Paddy Dougherty (Kid Pan Alley Project Director) at 434-847-4322 or .
ABOUT KID PAN ALLEY:  Kid Pan Alley's mission is to inspire and empower children to express their innate creativity. KPA helps groups of kids write and perform original songs to give voice to some of their deepest feelings and highest values. The key goal is reinvigorate creativity as a core value in education - to help children see their potential and ability to create and contribute. Kid Pan Alley has written over 1,800 songs with more than 30,000 children from Virginia to Hawaii.
Paul Reisler is a composer, songwriter, performer, teacher, and founder and Artistic Director of both the Kid Pan Alley children's songwriting project and Trapezoid. Since 1975, he has toured throughout North America, Asia, and Africa, performing in over 3000 concerts, workshops and festivals.  To arrange an interview with Paul Reisler, please call (540) 322-2022 or
Paddy Dougherty is an award winning songwriter and music instructor who coordinates Kid Pan Alley residencies and assembly programs. To arrange an interview with Paddy Doughtery, please call 434-847-4322 or email: .
ABOUT GREENSPRING:  Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at
Many of the seniors participating in Kid Pan Alley at Forestdale Elementary are also performers in Greenspring's drama group, "The Greenspring Players."  One of the seniors, Ernie Sult, is both a Greenspring Player and a lifetime member and performer at The Little Theater of Alexandria.