String instrument players with local high school and middle school orchestras will get the spotlight this year at the annual Exploration of Music through Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road.
The event is sponsored by the local nonprofit organization Believe in a Dream.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $7, adults, and $5 for students and people ages 65 and older. Tickets will be sold at the door, or they can be pre-ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the third year for the concert, which also serves as a fundraiser for orchestra programs at participating schools in the Fort Wayne Community Schools schools district. Schools have used funds raised the past two years to repair instruments and to buy new music sheets, books, educational materials, strings and new tuxedo shirts, Jamal Robinson, a Northrop graduate who founded Believe in a Dream, said via email.
The concert featured full orchestras the first two years. This year, organizers decided to focus on string instrument players because schools' band directors thought it would allow more schools to paricipate, Robinson said. Only a few schools still have a full orchestra, he said.
This year's concert will feature musicians from Northrop, South Side, North Side and Snider high schools and from Lane, Memorial Park and Jefferson middle schools, he said.
The 7th- and 8th-grade musicians will perform “Clocks,” which was recorded by the rock band Coldplay, Robinson said. High school string players will perform “Artemis Rising,” by Jeffrey S. Bishop, and “Stairway to Heaven,” by former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Middle school and high school students will join together in performing the national anthem.
Robinson said the Believe in a Dream organization hopes the Exploration of Music through Orchestra concerts increase the longevity of Fort Wayne-area orchestra programs.
“This is the main reason we started inviting the middle schools to participate with the event,” he said. “If the students see the bigger picture, they will be excited to learn more about orchestra in high school, and then potentially college and beyond.”