Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: 350

Setup Time: 1 hour

Breakdown Time: 1 hour

Technical Requirements: Minimum 15'X 20' stage or performance area. Speaking microphone. Assistance in setup and tear down

SOL Connections

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $500 - $700

Back to Back Fee: $675 - $875


.45 per mile more than 30 miles from Leesburg

Fee Notes

VCA tour assistance may be available -- please inquire.

Marimba! with Rebecca Kite

Enchanting Marimba Music from Around the World



Program Type

Classroom Presentations, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Residencies

Subject Areas

Culture Studies, History & Social Sciences, Music, US History, World History

Rebecca Kite performs beautiful and engaging music on the concert marimba. This musical instrument has a history of over five thousand years in almost every continent and culture in the world. It originated in southeast Asia, then migrated through Europe in the form of the xylophone and to Africa in the many forms of African marimbas. Brought to the western hemisphere by slaves, the marimba was expanded into a five octave chromatic instrument in Guatemala and Mexico. It came to the US in the early twentieth century where it was extremely popular and used in the early days of sound recording and radio.

Marimba! Rebecca Kite creates a captivating interactive assembly program, weaving the story of the marimba with her performance of its music. Musical selections are drawn from world-wide folk melodies highlighting the unique qualities of the marimba. Her repertoire includes compositions from western classical music and world folk traditions, including compositions for the African xylophone and Javanese gamelan, as well as contemporary marimba music from Japan.