April 9, 2019—What do 130 elementary students, one choir conductor, one pianist, a string bass player and a drummer have in common? The goal of performing a jazz concert for the community.
Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 from four Belleville elementary schools have been rehearsing for weeks. They practise at their schools on Thursdays then come together for a large group practise on Fridays.
Over the course of the 4-month project, students expand their creativity, develop self esteem, courage, respect, concentration, a sense of accomplishment, teamwork and music skills, as well as an appreciation for the performing arts. This is achieved through learning about jazz music, improvisation and lyric writing. The project concludes with a gala concert.
DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial Secondary School, 160 Palmer Road, Belleville
TICKETS: $10 at the door, free for under age 12
The 130-voice student choir will be accompanied by a professional jazz trio, comprised of internationally known musicians, along with an adult choir and special guest artists.
Participating schools are Prince Charles School (Belleville), Prince of Wales Public School, Queen Elizabeth School (Belleville) and Queen Victoria School.
This wonderful initiative is through a partnership between the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and We Are One (WAO) Jazz Project . In 2009, WAO became a federally registered charity. Now in its 11th year, We Are One’s innovative jazz choir project has helped build strong community bonds by empowering more than 3,000 young students representing 70+ schools in nine under-serviced areas of Ontario. This project is performance based and delivers supportive guidance by some of Canada’s most accomplished musician/teachers.
For more information, contact
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]