Songs for the Earth

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June 22, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

Using vocal harmony, sign language and a range of instruments - including guitar, harmonica and mandolin - folk duo Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzer) celebrate the diversity of life on Earth through stories and songs.

"It's a get-involved type of show," says Leonino of "Living Planet," the program she and Artzer will perform Tuesday at the Bel Air Branch Library. With the help of songs from their 1990 CD of the same name, the husband-and-wife team snag kids' attention by encouraging them to participate with their bodies as well as their voices.

By mimicking sign language, children reinforce what they learn because they're not only thinking through the lessons, but moving through them as well, the couple say.

Magpie has made it a priority in 27 years of performing to keep education in the forefront of its music and to use it to effect social change.

"Living Planet" offers stories for kids that honor all creatures, from whales to wolves to human beings. Join Magpie Tuesday at the Bel Air Branch Library, 10:30 a.m., 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., 410-638-3151.

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