To speak of Summit County's heritage is to speak of the native people who first lived here, the pioneers who came afterward and also today's inhabitants, who live in connection to the larger world community and the land.Telling that story - through words, songs and images - is "Circle of Dreams," a special multimedia experience created and performed by Leon Joseph Littlebird, Len Rhodes and Jeff Shook with a choir of Summit County youth and adults Sunday in Dillon. "The stories introduce the songs and the songs themselves tell stories, supported by multimedia images choreographed to give visual images," Littlebird said. "The original music, inspired by nature, is performed on guitar, native flute, piano, keyboard and percussion with the voices of twenty children and six adults in the choir."A nationally touring artist voted "Best Entertainer" in Summit County, Littlebird is excited to perform at home again after a two-year hiatus. "So many people have asked when I would perform here again and this is a very special show that I wrote to thank everyone for their years of support," he said. "This is truly a unique experience unlike any other musical performance, with authentic roots here in Summit County."Littlebird collaborated on the project with Rhodes, who is not only the pianist, keyboardist and music director for Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, but also the musical director and arranger for the nationally acclaimed production, "One Night with Janis Joplin." "Len Rhodes and I have been working on the arrangements and performing the songs for months to prepare for this show," Littlebird said. "Len's expertise on the piano and as an arranger lends so much to the music itself. The combination of instruments, percussion and voices creates incredible texture of sounds that go beyond just entertainment and become edification."Littlebird and Rhodes are joined by world percussionist Jeff Shook of Villa Grove Trade - nicknamed "the grooviest place on earth") - who collaborated on the visuals with Littlebird and brings the percussion to Sunday's show. Then there are the "One World Voice" singers, comprised of local youth and community members, who have been preparing for the concert as part of a performance workshop series through Summit Music and Arts, which is producing the show. "The format is inspired by the ancient tradition of storytellers teaching children about life," Littlebird said. "The underlying message is the creation of a world at peace - respect for the planet and compassion for all life beginning here with us. The entire experience is a celebration of our lives here and around the world, our connection to nature and to each other."
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