Free concert will feature students from high school; middle school

Music performance groups from Windsor schools will take the stage at world-famous Weill Hall in the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University on Tuesday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m.

“It’s an outreach program by the Green Music Center,” said Joella Olsen, coordinator for the Windsor Advocates for Music who helped facilitate the performance. “We had seen that Santa Rosa and Rohnert park were doing it and said ‘Windsor should do it too.’ We reached out to them and they said sure.”

Different groups and their conductors performing at the concert will include Windsor Middle School (WMS) Maestro Strings (Steve Hoffman), WMS Honor Band, (Steve Mitchell), WMS Advanced Chorus (Heather Cullen), Windsor High School (WHS) Chorus, (Marie Schrader) and WHS Strings and WHS Band (Erica Bergeron). Over 200 Windsor students will have the experience of being professional performing artists on a world-class stage that hosts the greatest musicians of our time.  

“It was really hard (to select which groups would get to perform) because we have so many wonderful musical groups in our schools,” Olsen said. “But we hope to be invited back do it again in the future. (Our selection) was an effort to showcase our high schoolers—we started at the top and then filled in. But it was a very difficult decision, having to choose the few groups we could.”

In addition to the music provided by WMS and WHS, Brooks Elementary School (BES) student artwork will be shown in the lobby. One piece of art from each of the 16 BES classrooms will be on display on the large table in the lobby.  

The concert will be approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.  

The concert is free, but tickets are required and easily obtainable through the Green Music Center website and the entire Windsor community is invited. Parking is free and recommended access to the Green Music Center is off of Rohnert Park Expressway.   

The musical and visual arts are featured this evening, but WUSD also offers other arts curriculum such as theater, dance, photography, and broadcasting arts. The arts are now the focus of a District Arts Plan, which is currently being drafted.

According to their website, each year the Green Music Center has the privilege of hosting performances by K-12 schools throughout Sonoma County. Providing a showcase to feature bright young stars ranging in grade level from Kindergarten to 12th grade is vital to promoting artistic growth in our community and beyond. This opportunity is one of several provided by SSU and the Green Music Center to various local schools.  This is Windsor’s first time to participate in this education outreach opportunity.

“We hope that whole community turns out to see this concert,” Olsen said. “The invitation to come to Weil Hall for free is huge. We hope the community takes advantage--either to hear these students play or just to go to this world-class concert hall for free. It’s a gift.”

Music students participating in this event will be given instructions from their music teachers.  There will be necessary sign-in and sign-outs for students. Everyone else needs a (free) ticket to enter the concert hall.  

To get up to four free tickets for this event, go to the Green Music Center website at http://gmc.sonoma.edu/K_12_Performances, create an account and request up to four free tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office on the night of the performance. Box office and lobby open at 6 p.m., the concert hall opens at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will start at 7 p.m.

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