Berkeley Symphony and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, in partnership with the Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Public Education Foundation, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and Crowden Music Center, announced today that they will host the first annual “Music in the Schools” Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011, to recognize and celebrate the community’s support of and commitment to music education.
The event will take place simultaneously at five Peet’s coffee stores on Vine Street, Solano Avenue, Fourth Street, Shattuck Avenue, and Domingo Avenue in Berkeley from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will feature live performances by young musicians from partner organizations including the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, Crowden Music Center, and the Berkeley Unified School District.
Individuals and families will have an opportunity to learn about music education efforts and resources in Berkeley, including programs developed by the school district, Berkeley Symphony, and other music organizations in the community, as well as about Berkeley Symphony’s “participatory” Family Concerts on Sunday, May 7. Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools program currently provides a year-long, interactive introduction to symphonic music to more than 4,000 children in all eleven BUSD elementary schools each year.
“On April 16, we will come together as a community to celebrate the incredible depth and breadth of music education taking place in Berkeley schools and to reaffirm our commitment to continuing to make it so!” says Berkeley Symphony Executive Director Jim Kleinmann. “We hope everyone – parents, grandparents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, neighbors, musicians and music-lovers – interested in learning about and supporting music education will come out to the participating Peet’s stores that day and show their support.”
“Music in the Schools” Day
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