CMA 'Keeps The Music Playing' At The Schermerhorn Symphony Center
January 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM (PT)
The NASHVILLE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION, along with the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION and the NASHVILLE SYMPHONY, will host a concert TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st at 6:30p (CT) to celebrate the return of MUSIC CITY’s SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER and the development of our next generation of musicians & performers during the second KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING ALL STARS CONCERT presented by SUNTRUST BANK.
CAPITOL RECORDS/NASHVILLE artist LUKE BRYAN will host the event and perform with NASHVILLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS guitar student SAM HUNTER.
BRYAN, who serves on the CMA’s Artist Relations Committee, said: "Music education in NASHVILLE is important to us. Each one of us was inspired by someone who took an interest in our own desire to play music and who gave us their support. I'm looking forward to spending time with some of the students and seeing firsthand their passion for music. All it takes is opportunity - and the right tools - to help them reach their goals."
The ALL STARS CONCERT will feature a variety of musical styles from some of the promising arts programs in METRO NASHVILLE'S 139 elementary, middle, and high schools. Performers include the CROFT MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA, DUPONT TYLER MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED BAND, JONES PAIDEIA ELEMENTARY SUPER STARS, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MAGNET ORCHESTRA, NASHVILLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS JAZZ BAND, the PEARL-COHN HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR, and a special lobby performance by MOUNT VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENAISSANCE performers.
RCA NASHVILLE artist SARA EVANS visited PEARL-COHN HIGH SCHOOL TODAY (1/14) to give anxious choir students career advice and performance tips in anticipation of their appearance at the ALL STARS CONCERT. Despite school being called off due to inclement weather, eight junior and senior students braved the cold to meet and perform for EVANS. The students were accompanied by PEARL-COHN HIGH SCHOOL Music Director, LLEWELLYN PETER, on a BALDWIN GRAND PIANO which was donated to the school in 2008 through the KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING.
PEARL-COHN senior DEONDREA FOSTER brought Evans to tears during her solo performance of "Oh How Precious."
EVANS said: "I honestly didn't know what I was walking into exactly, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of my whole entire career. These kids were so amazing and they were such an inspiration to me. I wanted to come in and talk to them about pursuing music or not giving up on a dream and when I came in and they started singing I was just kind of overwhelmed with emotion."
NASHVILLE ALLIANCE Exec. Dir. PAM GARRETT TIDWELL said: "We are very proud of the KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING program's success, and this concert is the ultimate celebration of CMA's efforts to improve the quality of music education in NASHVILLE. This concert will put on display the many musical talents of METRO NASHVILLE'S public school students, and it is direct proof of how students can reach their potential when provided with the necessary resources."
The NASHVILLE ALLIANCE has partnered with CMA's KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING program since 2006 and has provided more than 4,000 musical instruments and music labs for nearly 70 METRO public schools. To date, the program has raised more than $4.7 million from the proceeds of the annual CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL to purchase much-needed musical instruments and equipment.
In 2010, CMA donated more than $1.4 million to the effort, which includes a $1 million endowment ($200,000 annual contribution) of the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM'S "Words & Music" program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.
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