Free December Concerts — 800 local youth musicians to perform in 11-performance Neighborhood Concert Series

Free December Concerts — 800 local youth musicians to perform in 11-performance Neighborhood Concert Series

Press Release

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November 21, 2016

Free December Concerts

800 local youth musicians to perform in Neighborhood Concert Series

Kids’ Orchestra hosts 11 free performances

Kids’ Orchestra will present 11 performances in its Winter 2016 Neighborhood Concert Series.The concerts highlight the skills acquired during after school music program.
800 students from 24 local public, private and charter elementary schools will be represented at the concerts, playing instruments that include strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students range from fifth-year veterans who joined the program in its inception to first-year children who just received their first instrumental instruction this September.



Special Community Performance

Friday, December 2, 6 p.m.

Festival of Lights

North Boulevard Town Square

Featuring Kids’ Choir and student artists on wind, string, and percussion instruments


Monday, December 5,  6 p.m.

Kids’ Orchestra Kids’ Choir

BREC Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd

Featuring Kids’ Orchestra community-wide choir representing 21 local schools


Monday, December 5, 6 p.m.

Claiborne Elementary School, 400 Denham St.

Featuring students from Claiborne Elementary, Redemptorist Elementary and Sharon Hills Elementary


Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 p.m.

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet,  2000 College Dr.

Featuring students from Westdale Heights Academic Magnet and LSU Laboratory School


Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 p.m.

LaSalle Elementary School, 8000 LaSalle Ave.

Featuring students from LaSalle Elementary


Thursday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

The Dufrocq School, 330 South 19th St.

Featuring students from St. James Episcopal Day School and The Dufrocq School


Thursday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

Magnolia Woods Elementary, 760 Maxine Dr.

Featuring students from Magnolia Woods Elementary and Wildwood Elementary


Thursday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.

University Preparatory School, 5300 Monarch Ave

Featuring students from University Prep


Monday, December 12, 5:30 p.m.

Mayfair Lab School, 9880 Hyacinth Ave.

Featuring students from Mayfair Laboratory School and The Dunham School


Tuesday, December 13, 6 p.m.

Capitol Elementary School, 4141 Gus Young Ave.

Featuring students from Capitol Elementary, Bernard Terrace Elementary and GEO Prep Academy


Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 p.m.

Buchanan Elementary School, 1222 E. Buchanan St.

Featuring Students from Buchanan Elementary and BRFLAIM


Thursday, December 15, 6 p.m.

Ryan Elementary School, 10337 Elm Grove Garden

Featuring students from Ryan Elementary, Brownfields Elementary, and J.K. Haynes Elementary


In addition to the Neighborhood concert series, the Honors Orchestra will perform a  Winter Showcase on Saturday, January 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. at McKinley Middle Academic Magnet located at 1550 Eddie Robinson Sr. Dr. The concert is free to the public.

The Honors Orchestra is composed of 250 children selected from the 800 kindergarten through fifth grade students participating in Kids’ Orchestra’s after school music program.  The 75-member community-wide Kids’ Choir, the newest groups, will also perform at the event.


“It’s amazing what happens when we put an instrument in the hands of young children and place them in an ensemble!” says Jody Hanet, Kids’ Orchestra executive director. “With the wonderful training they receive in Kids’ Orchestra, they are transformed into budding musicians performing in a well-rounded, cohesive orchestra!”

For more information about Kids’ Orchestra Neighborhood Concert Series, please contact Nicole Naquin Jackson at njackson@kidsorchestra.org or 225.922.4656 X101.


About Kids’ Orchestra

Kids’ Orchestra’s mission is to bring children of all cultures and backgrounds together using music education as a vehicle to teach teamwork, develop understanding, and emphasize excellence. In just five years, this inclusive educational, fun, and safe program has grown to 800 students across East Baton Rouge Parish while fostering social change and leadership through music education.

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