May, 21, 2014| Boston, MA
Strand Theatre June 3, 2014 12:00pm
Recognizing that the arts are fundamental in a well-rounded education, the Visual and Performing Arts Department of the Boston Public Schools works to provide access to quality, sequential arts education in dance, music, theater, visual and media arts for all BPS students. With a generous grant from the Free for All Concert Fund, the BPS arts office has partnered with Emmanuel Music to bring a vocal duo and collaborative pianist to work with students in three schools, culminating in a joint community concert at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester on June 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon. The program, “Home around the World”, will be sung by eighty-eight Boston Public School music students from the Edison School, the Washington Irving School, and the Dever-McCormack School.
The program features songs and folk melodies from around the world, including Haru Ga Kita, Song for the Mira, Hi Yo Ipsi, and Siyahamba. The program features each of the schools individually and culminates in several songs by a combined choir of all three schools. The students from each of these schools began work on this project in February, 2014. They work weekly with their own music teachers, Toni Garza, Dever-McCormack School; Deejay Robinson, Edison School; and Greg Allen, Washington Irving School; coordinated by the BPS’ Program Director for Performing Arts, Allyssa Jones, to prepare the music for monthly visits from Emmanuel Music artists Gail Abbey, soprano; Paul Guttry, baritone; and Timothy Steele, pianist. Gail, Paul, and Tim bring their years of vocal expertise to these students and work with school music teachers to provide students with high-level musical and performance experiences.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Community Connections Coordinator,
Program Director for Performing Arts, BPS
Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church.
Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by a grant from
the Massachusetts Cultural Council.