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 benefit 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. Be sure to LIKE MFE ON FACEBOOK, to see the special Music in our schools month content we will be posting!
SO SING IT LOUD AND SING IT PROUD! Keeping vibrant music programs in our schools is important!
Linden Hall and the MFE Community Chorus Will Perform Together on March 7th!
Music for Everyone Community Chorus and The Department of Music at Linden Hall invite you to attend an evening of music at the Trust in downtown Lancaster. The repertoire will include a wide range of classical, world fusion, contemporary, and traditional works performed by the Music for Everyone Community Chorus and Linden Hall’s Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Musea Chamber Choir. The MFE Chorus will joyfully sing an original composition by conductor Mr. AJ Walker titled ‘Renovatio’. This piece celebrates the rebirth of Lancaster honoring the progressive cultural movement and creative community spirit that has come to define our town. The Chorus will also introduce selections from African Sanctus, a Latin choral mass juxtaposed with traditional African music. Event is free but requires a ticket. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/renovatio-at-the-trust-tickets-15627222443
Donations benefit MFE’s efforts to cultivate the power of music for education & community building.
MFE to Host the Third Annual “Lancaster Festival of Voices”
The Lancaster Festival of Voices is an annual celebration of the vocal arts in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is enjoying a renaissance as it emerges as a destination for artists of all genres. This renaissance has benefited the city both culturally and economically. The Lancaster Festival of Voices provides a supportive venue for singers of all ages, thus creating awareness of the voice as an instrument and bringing yet another genre of music to this musically thriving community.
It is with great excitement that we announce details of a partnership with Millersville University’s Music Department to greatly expand the third annual Lancaster Festival of Voices. For the past two years, FOV has been a one-evening choral festival. Beginning in 2015, MFE and MU have combined forces to expand the festival into a weekend-long festival with four distinct events at three different venues. For more information on the 2015 Festival of Voices click here.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
Friday March 20, 2015 – MU Choral Ensembles
Women’s Glee and Chromatic Expansion
Winter Center, MU Campus
Saturday March 21 –
Fulton Elementary School – 225 W. Orange St. Lancaster
Performances by: James Buchanan and Burrowes Elementary Student choruses, “A Capella” from Abraham Lincoln Middle School, Solanco HS Chorale, Michael Popovsky Studio and the MFE Community Chorus
Saturday March 21 – Choral Gems of Germany, Vienna and Venice
MU UChoir and Chorale
Winter Center, MU Campus
Sunday March 22 – MFE Chorus and Friends featuring The Persuasions.
The Persuasions have long been acknowledged as “The Kings of A Capella”. Born on the street corners of Brooklyn in 1962, they have performed the world over and have been inducted into the Doo Wap Hall of Fame.
Ware Center – 42 N. Prince St.
Tickets – $15
Tickets available at the MU Student Memorial Center, The Ware Center or one hour prior to each show (both venues)
By phone: 717-871-7600
MFE and the Willie Marble Xperience Tellus360 Concert Series
Music For Everyone has joined forces with The mysteriously swampadelic Willie Marble Xperience and Tellus360 in a concert series to benefit Lancaster non-profit organizations. This month’s concert will benefit VisionCorps and be held on March 26th!
Doors will be at 7:00pm and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The event is for ages 21+ and admission is a suggested donation of $10.
The MFE Singer Songwriter Showcase Continues!
MFE will host a singer-songwriter showcase/contest on the third Wednesday of every month at Tellus360. Each month a singer songwriter will be showcased. The four artists who bring in the largest audience during their show will have the opportunity to perform at the October showcase finale, which is also a benefit for MFE! So get on down to Tellus360 and support your favorite local songwriter for the MFE Singer-Songwriter nights!
The Schedule for the Singer Songwriter Nights:
March 18 — Robert Bobby
April 15 — Jessica Smucker
May 20 — Olds Sleeper
June 17 — Jean Synodinos
July 15 — Corty Byron
August 19 — Dave Lefever
September 16 — Steve Chambers
October 14 — Sing-off
Come support local music at its roots and have a great time while doing so!
Keys for the City 2015
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 pianos to make it possible. If interested, email: Johngerdy@aol.com.
Reminder: Ukulele Uprising
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 Vol. IV. Ragtime Willie is our featured artist of the month, with their tune, “Just a Long Road”. Download and enjoy!
Until next time Lancaster, play on!