Kids' Orchestra to hold series of concerts for Baton Rouge schools

Kids' Orchestra to hold series of concerts for Baton Rouge schools
(Source: Kids Orchestra)
(Source: Kids Orchestra)
(Source: Kids Orchestra)
(Source: Kids Orchestra)
(Source: Kids Orchestra)
(Source: Kids Orchestra)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An after-school program in 24 Baton Rouge schools has announced some of its 2nd through 5th grade musicians will play for area schools starting in late April and continuing into May.

Of the 775 kindergarten through 5th grade students who take the free lessons to play an instrument in the Kids' Orchestra program, an elite group of 200 kids qualify for the so-called "Honors Orchestra." There's also a 75-member Honors Choir, which was formed this year.

This year's Spring Neighborhood Concert Series will show off 2nd through 5th graders performing musical selections they've learned in class. Kindergarten and first graders will sing songs for the tour that show off musical basics they have learned.

So far, the Kids' Orchestra charity has been able to offer strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocal lessons to children no matter their ability to pay.

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra collect used instruments to give to children who can't afford them in their 'Play It Forward' instrument drive.

Here is the schedule of upcoming concerts:

Monday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. 
Bernard Terrace Elementary featuring students from Bernard Terrace and Angles Academy

Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet featuring students from Westdale and LSU Lab School

Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Capitol Elementary School featuring students from Capitol and Belfair Elementary

Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Magnolia Woods Elementary featuring students from Magnolia Woods and Wildwood Elementary

Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Day School featuring students from St. James, St. Luke's Episcopal Day School, The Dufrocq School, Shiloh Baptist Early Learning Academy, and LaSalle Elementary

Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m.
The Dunham School featuring students from Dunham and Gardere Community Christian School

Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m.
Redemptorist Elementary featuring students from Redemptorist and Brownfields Elementary.

Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m.
Lanier Elementary featuring students from Lanier and Jehovah Jireh Christian Academy

Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
Ryan Elementary featuring students from Ryan and Sharon Hills Elementary

Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m.
Dalton Charter Elementary featuring students from Dalton Elementary

In addition to the Neighborhood concert series, Kids' Orchestra Honors Orchestra Spring Concert 2015 is Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Christian Life Fellowship Sanctuary, 2037 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

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