Explore: Music in the Air, Music Everywhere moves music out of classroom

Students from throughout the Greater Victoria School District will take their music out of the classroom for Music in the Air, Music Everywhere, an 11-day festival of concerts, visits to seniors centres and even a parade.

More than 1,500 elementary, middle and secondary students will showcase the diversity of school music programs by singing, playing and sharing music at 30 venues.

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“This is a great opportunity for community members to engage in our music programs collectively,” said Edith Loring-Kuhanga, board chairwoman. “Over the years, school music programs have played a significant role in student learning while promoting musical competence across the district. Now, students can showcase their talents to the broader community through a shared musical experience.”

There will be performances of ukulele ensembles, orchestras, string quartets, marching bands, chamber choirs, drum circles, concert bands, elementary choirs, recorders, orff instruments, combos and jazz choirs.

All performances are free. The first concert is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park. It will be followed by a performance at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Centennial Square. The students will give more than 20 shorter performances in senior residences in Greater Victoria between May 6 and 16. For more information, including details of performances and venues, go to sd61.bc.ca.

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