The Port Townsend High School band and orchestra are set to perform a benefit concert hosted by the Port Ludlow Performing Arts as the group continues fundraising for its planned Spring Break field …
The Port Townsend High School band and orchestra are set to perform a benefit concert hosted by the Port Ludlow Performing Arts as the group continues fundraising for its planned Spring Break field trip to Los Angeles, California.
Set to start at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Bay Club in Port Ludlow, the band and orchestra will play Johan Sebastian Bach’s Allemande from Partita No. 2, featuring Juniper Cervenka soloing on violin; “La Valse Amélie” by Yann Tiersong, with Hunter Havens soloing on piano; and the Rose Quartet playing Quartet No. 2 in C by Franz Schubert.
The performance will also feature many of the student-musicians and their school ensembles in the classical, jazz, and fiddle genres.
The program will include the Rose String Quartet, a group of senior musicians who have been working together and recently performed at the North Olympic solo/ensemble competition, where they received a superior rating, the highest score in that category.
The high school jazz band will also take center stage to play traditional jazz standards and more modern pop tunes.
The event is free to attend, but visitors are encouraged to donate to support the young musicians for their upcoming L.A. trip.
“This is a good opportunity to feature the hard work and dedication of our music students,” said Daniel Ferland, Port Townsend High’s music director. “Our kids are super excited for this opportunity, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Port Ludlow Performing Arts is providing.”
Port Ludlow resident and retired music teacher Mike McLeron helped connect the two organizations.
“I’ve attended concerts at the Bay Club,” he said, “and I’ve worked with the student-musicians in Port Townsend, so it just seemed like a natural fit.”
“Port Ludlow Performing Arts is committed to enhancing the fine arts education of young people in this community,” said Sharla Erich, president of the organization. “Supporting the Port Townsend High School music students by hosting this incredible event is what we are all about. We hope you will join us in making a positive difference in the lives of these students.”
Funds collected from the concert will be used to support the 75 students making the trip in March.
The students plan to leave March 29 for the four-day affair and will participate in a music clinic, attend a performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, visit a college campus, and play in a music festival.
Donations can be made online at music2LA.com.