Student string musicians to perform classical works

THE BALTIMORE SUN

For the past 10 weeks, music students at six county elementary schools have been practicing the works of Beethoven, Chopin and Corelli two hours a week. Tomorrow, they get to show how much they've learned.

The students will present the 25th Annual Area II Elementary String Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Shipley's Choice Elementary School.

Guest conductor William Schachter from Old Mill Middle School South will meet 100 violin, viola, cello and string bass students for the first time today for a full rehearsal. The students have been have been working at the schools -- Folger McKinsey, Jones, Oak Hill, Pasadena, Severna Park and Shipley's Choice elementaries -- since January.

In addition to the classical pieces, the 45-minute program includes a contemporary work by Mr. Schachter. The concert is free and open to the public.

"You will see enthusiastic fourth- and fifth-graders who have put in a lot of hard work in music and enjoy playing," said Regina Morin a county music teacher.

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