PARK ALIVE WITH SOUND OF MUSIC; STUDENTS SHINE AT WARNER CENTER CONCERT.Byline: Deborah Sullivan Daily News Staff Writer
Beaming in their spring best, some 60-plus students from Calabash calabash
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The kindergarten through fifth-grade students exemplified the Valley Cultural Center's focus on melding arts education and public entertainment through this year's concert series.
``Right now the (cultural) center is using the popularity of the Concerts in the Park as a sort of springboard for the other programs we do,'' said Executive Director Suzanne Hackett.
Starting with the song ``Do-Re-Mi'' from ``The Sound of Music,'' the grade-schoolers moved on to a mix of patriotic melodies, including ``My Country 'Tis of Thee'' and ``Yankee Doodle Dandy Yankee Doodle Dandy
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The students learned the songs during a 14-week crash course in music taught by California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an , music major Jodi Cheatham, who worked as one of the cultural center's artists in residence at the Woodland Hills elementary school.
``I wanted to give them a taste of everything,'' said Cheatham, 21, who taught 382 students divided into small groups during weekly half-hour sessions.
Cheatham plunged students into rhythm exercises, singing lessons, American Indian chants and instrument identification by sight and sound.
``It was just jump in, sink or swim, do whatever you can with them,'' she said.
Were her students nervous about their first public performance?
``A little,'' said 9-year-old Alexandra LeBrane, then adding shyly, ``A lot.''
But her friend, 8-year-old Christina Scalisi, said Cheatham made learning the songs a snap.
``She had charts of the words so it was easier for us to memorize,'' she said.
After the Calabash kids performed, the Granada Hills High School Granada Hills Charter High School (Granada Hills High School) is a public, charter, co-educational, secondary school consisting of students in grades 9-12. The school colors are green, black, and white. Highlander Band, the Lawrence Middle School Lawrence Middle School is a middle school in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Lawrence Township Public Schools. The school teaches students in grades 7 and 8. Lawrence Middle School's mascot is the cardinal. Band, the El Camino Real High School El Camino Real High School (also known locally as "ECR" and by some more recently as "ELCO") is a public secondary school located in the Woodland Hills district of the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. Camerata Choral Group and the CSUN Youth Orchestra were slated to take the stage.
The show, hosted by crooner Frankie Avalon, was sponsored by Prudential and local resident Beverly Fittipaldo.
The kickoff concert featuring local school musicians was just one of the ways that Concerts in the Park is being interwoven with local educational programs.
Two professional musical groups scheduled for Sunday concerts this summer - Preservation Hall Jazz Band Preservation Hall Jazz Band is the name for groups of Traditional jazz musicians from New Orleans on tours organized by Preservation Hall.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band usually performs nightly at Preservation Hall and tours around the world over 150 days a year. and Queen Ida and her Zydeco Band - will perform demonstrations of Dixieland and Cajun music for 125 children at the West Valley Boys and Girls boys and girls
mercurialisannua. Club the following day.
``We're hoping kids will come to the concert with their parents Sunday and then Monday morning have the opportunity to spend some intimate time with the performer,'' Hackett said.
While the concert series includes a wide range of professional musicians in styles ranging from jazz to pop to classical, Sue Templeton, 42, whose daughter Emma, 7, was in the Calabash chorus, said one of its biggest impacts may be in introducing young performers to ``the thrill of being onstage in front of an audience.''
PHOTO (1) Members of El Camino Real El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road or The King's Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain:
(2) The free musical show, the first in an annual summer series, also featured students from Granada Hills High School's Highlander band.
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