You know the lyrics and melodies by heart but do you know the composers behind the songs from Disney’s Frozen? Grade 4 students at Dundalk Elementary School sure do!
On Monday, May 12, the students joined Kristen Anderson-Lopez, songwriter for the animated film, for a question-and-answer session over Skype. During the session, Anderson-Lopez discussed her inspirations and song-writing processes for several of the film’s biggest hits, including the popular “Let It Go.” In fact, Anderson-Lopez shared that she penned “Let It Go” while sitting on a Prospect Park bench across from her Brooklyn home.
A conversation about “Let It Go,” however, would not be complete without an impromptu performance. With musical accompaniment provided by Anderson-Lopez’s husband and fellow composer, Robert Lopez, the students belted out the tune from their Dundalk Elementary classroom.
In addition to the question-and-answer session and the impromptu performance, the chat also included a short show-and-tell presentation, during which Anderson-Lopez displayed the Academy Award that she and her husband received in March.
This “once-in-a-lifetime experience,” as several of the students described the opportunity to speak with Anderson-Lopez, is credited to Brent Hardesty, vocal music teacher at Dundalk Elementary. Hardesty befriended the composers while participating in the Lehmann Engel Musical Theater Workshop in New York City and reached out to invite them to meet his students.