Last week, over 500 community members enjoyed the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 14th Annual Wilkinsburg Community Concert, and the proceeds were generously donated to our schools’ music programs. At the encouragement of our School Board President, Ed Donovan, the Wilkinsburg High School auditorium reopened for the occasion.
In addition to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s spectacular performance, a talented group of our fifth and sixth grade students also performed, singing and playing the drums to “Spring, Spring, Spring,” a takeoff the jazz song “Sing, Sing, Sing.” They practiced during recess every day for three weeks with their music teacher Lois Clark. At one recess practice session, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) percussionist Terrell Moss stopped by to teach the students about swing beats.
This is not the first time a PSO musician has volunteered to lead interactive learning sessions with our students. We are very proud and grateful to say that we have had a very close relationship with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the past seventeen years, and we are looking forward to its continuation.
We also cannot thank Mrs. Clark enough for her eighteen years of service to the district and its music programs. We will truly miss her when she retires at the end of this school year and wish her all the best.
As for whether the high school will reopen again for next year’s concert, Mr. Donovan says, “If you have the time, we have the place.”
Pictured below: Nine of our fourteen student performers with Mrs. Clark and Maestro Andres Franco, the concert conductor. The other five students collected donations after the concert from audience members.