This year, the concert at
"Come ready to listen to great music and to hear the talent we have in the community," said
Robinson and others started the Exploration of Music concerts to encourage more youngsters to join school orchestra programs and to continue with them through high school.
In the past three years, the event also has raised nearly
Originally for full orchestras, Exploration of Music through Orchestra organizers chose to focus on string music players last year because more schools have string music programs, Robinson said. They will do the same this year.
The number of schools participating increased to seven last year, and nearly doubled for Friday's concert.
Along with students from original 2011 participants Northrop and Snider high schools, this year's concert will include youth musicians from
The event was moved this year to
Smaller groups of students will play a few songs at the beginning of the concert, he said. Students will close out the concert by all playing together on "Over the Rainbow."
Robinson also expressed excitement about a possible partnership next year with the
Details haven't been worked out, but possibilities could include side-by-side concerts with students playing next to The
"Getting students to play with professionals, that would be awesome for them," he added.
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