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Emily Bear performs concert for Rockford schools May 11

April 17, 2013

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 17

Staff Report

Pianist and composer Emily Bear, 11, will perform a benefit concert for the Rockford Public Schools’ music program at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The district hopes to raise money to buy musical instruments for middle school students who might not be able to afford an instrument on their own.

This school year, we had middle school students who had to share instruments,” said Director of Fine Arts Lu Ann Widergren. “Some didn’t get an opportunity to play until three months into the school year. We’re looking for immediate ways to buy instruments, as the interest in band and orchestra grows. It’s a good problem to have.”

Interest in band and orchestra is on the rise; it spiked this year after fifth-graders could try instruments during an Instrument Petting Zoo. Widergren said Bear can serve as an inspiration to local kids learning a musical instrument.

Rockford Public Schools has an endowment to benefit high school music programming, but not for middle school.

Widergren is excited about more options to keep instruments in students’ hands. Students can pay $30 each year to lease an instrument — an incredible opportunity Widergren hopes can be expanded. Community members can either sponsor a student or sponsor an instrument for student use. Details will be available at rps205.com.

Concert tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 17. Tickets are $9 for students, $12 for upper balcony seats, and $22 for orchestra/main seating/lower balcony. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Coronado Performing Arts Center and the BMO Harris Bank Center (applicable fees apply). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $52 by calling the Coronado Performing Arts Box Office at (815) 968-0595. VIP tickets include a copy of Bear’s CD and a post-performance meet-and-greet reception.

The concert includes an auction for three guitars signed by local musician and Cheap Trick member Rick Nielsen.

Bear’s concert is part of a four-city CD release tour for her latest album, Diversity, produced by legendary Grammy Award-winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones. Bear will also perform in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

I am excited for everyone to hear the music from the new CD, and I am glad that I am able to give back to my community through my music,” Bear said.

Staff ReportPianist and composer Emily Bear, 11, will perform a benefit concert for the Rockford Public Schools’ music program at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The district hopes to raise money to buy musical instruments for middle school students who might not be able to afford an instrument on their own.“This school year, we had middle school students who had to share instruments,” said Director of Fine Arts Lu Ann Widergren. “Some didn’t get an opportunity to play until three months into the school year. We’re looking for immediate ways to buy instruments, as the interest in band and orchestra grows. It’s a good problem to have.”Interest in band and orchestra is on the rise; it spiked this year after fifth-graders could try instruments during an Instrument Petting Zoo. Widergren said Bear can serve as an inspiration to local kids learning a musical instrument.Rockford Public Schools has an endowment to benefit high school music programming, but not for middle school. Widergren is excited about more options to keep instruments in students’ hands. Students can pay $30 each year to lease an instrument — an incredible opportunity Widergren hopes can be expanded. Community members can either sponsor a student or sponsor an instrument for student use. Details will be available at rps205.com.Concert tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 17. Tickets are $9 for students, $12 for upper balcony seats, and $22 for orchestra/main seating/lower balcony. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Coronado Performing Arts Center and the BMO Harris Bank Center (applicable fees apply). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $52 by calling the Coronado Performing Arts Box Office at (815) 968-0595. VIP tickets include a copy of Bear’s CD and a post-performance meet-and-greet reception.The concert includes an auction for three guitars signed by local musician and Cheap Trick member Rick Nielsen.Bear’s concert is part of a four-city CD release tour for her latest album, Diversity, produced by legendary Grammy Award-winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones. Bear will also perform in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.“I am excited for everyone to hear the music from the new CD, and I am glad that I am able to give back to my community through my music,”Bear said.

From the April 17-23, 2013 issue

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