March is Music in Our Schools Month!
An important part of what MFE does is to advocate for the importance of music in our schools. This advocacy role has become increasingly important in this difficult economic environment of decreased educational funding. This, despite the substantial and growing evidence of music’s positive educational benefits to students in areas such as reading, math, logic, and creativity. While we know you value music in our schools year round, March is the month we like to make it a point to sing the praises of music as an educational tool.
SO SING IT LOUD AND SING IT PROUD! Keeping vibrant music programs in our schools is important!
FIG to Release its First “Music Edition”!
On March 6th, FIG magazine will highlight Lancaster’s vibrant and growing music scene. MFE will be well represented in this edition, so make sure you check it out!
Portal Percussion and The MFE Chorus will Perform Together on March 7th!
The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus, under the energetic direction of AJ Walker, will perform a concert celebrating world music and classic spirituals at the Trust Performing Arts Center in downtown Lancaster (37 N. Market Street). The multicultural program will present choral works from a variety of countries and feature an original composition, “Rise”, by AJ Walker. The Chorus is honored to share the stage with the exciting ensemble The Portal Percussion Group. The trio’s repertoire will include a wide range of contemporary and traditional works for all genres of percussion. The Chorus and Portal Percussion will collaborate on some works as well as perform independently. This promises to be an unforgettable evening, an event you don’t want to miss. Surround yourself with architectural beauty, immerse yourself in acoustically amazing sound, lose yourself in pulsating rhythm and elevate your spirit with song. Doors open at 6:30. Donations will benefit MFE Festival of Voices.
MFE’s Lancaster Festival of Voices on Friday March 28th.
We are pleased to announce that the Festival of Voices will return for its second year! Last year was such a huge success, filled with so many musical moments that moved the soul, we decided to make the FOV an annual event. This year’s festival will take place on March 28th at the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster (140 E Orange St.) at 6pm. The lineup this year includes seven vocal groups: The Sheaffer Elementary Chorus, Wheatland Middle School Chorus, The Sentimentals, Broad Street Line A Cappella, Bright Side Baptist Gospel Choir, Essence of Joy Singers, and the MFE COMMUNITY CHORUS! Admission to the festival will be free, but donations will be gladly accepted.
MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series
Music For Everyone has joined forces with The Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus 360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations, and this month’s concert will benefit the Lancaster Public Library!
This is the third and final concert of The Willie Marble Xperience benefit shows at Tellus360. The first (which was held in January) benefited the Lancaster Conservancy, and the second (held in February) benefited the Lancaster Humane League.
Come to Tellus360 on Thursday March 20th at 8:00 p.m. to watch the musical styling’s of The Willie Marble Xperience and support Music For Everyone’s goal to help the Lancaster Public Library!
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is $10.
Keys for the City 2014!
Interested in helping to put the keys for the city pianos back on the streets by being a sponsor of the exhibit? We need a few more piano sponsors to make it possible. If interested email JohnGerdy@aol.com
Come join the MFE Ukulele Uprising on Tuesday evenings at the Vision Corps building at 244 N. Queen St. All are welcome to this community building initiative.
Monthly Music Download:
This month’s music download is from the MFE CD Sampler Volume II. This month’s artist is Lancaster’s own Vinegar Creek Constituency, with their song “Girl From the River Hills”. Download and enjoy!
Until next time y’all… Play on Lancaster, you sound beautiful!