SUMMER ROCKS Mini-Concerts for Children
In Boca Raton on Friday Morning, July 11
First Two Mini-Concerts Entertained & Educated Children &
Parents in Boynton Beach & West Palm Beach on June 20
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL – June 23, 2014) Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director of The Palm Beach Pops, today announced that the final two SUMMER ROCKS Mini-Concerts for children would be held in Boca Raton on the second Friday in July:
July 11 at 9 a.m.
Florence Fuller Child Development Center - East
200 N.E. 14th Street in Boca Raton
July 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Florence Fuller Child Development Center - West
10130 185th Street South in Boca Raton
Following four 45-minute sessions the week of July 7 that focused on each of the four sections of the orchestra (Brass, Woodwinds, Strings and Percussion), the two culminating Mini-Concerts will feature approximately a dozen professional musicians from The Palm Beach Pops, wrapping up the concepts shared the last few days with several hundred local children.
This “Music & You” education program – and the ones that were taught in June in Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach – were hosted by Mr. Music, Gary Mayone, who has been a member of the orchestra since its beginning, is the Principal Percussionist, and can actually play every instrument in the orchestra.
"Over the years we have seen budget cuts in our schools which has adversely impacted music and art programs. In response to this, our “Music & You” In-School Youth Education program was created, which is benchmarked to Common Core standards. The program provides a rich academic learning experience as the children are exposed, some for the first time, to a live orchestra and develop an understanding of how music is made. It has become one of the most successful educational programs in our community, reaching more than 90,000 students since its inception in 1998,” said Ms. Laurent-Ottomane.
"SUMMER ROCKS will be followed by a month long “Music & You” program in four North Palm Beach county schools this fall that will serve approximately 1,200 children in the classroom. While securing funding is challenging, The Palm Beach Pops bears the entire cost of these programs. We continue to seek funds for the program and are grateful to those donors who help us make this a reality for our community and our children,” she continued.
About The Palm Beach Pops:
Founded in 1991 by the late Music Director and Conductor Bob Lappin, The Palm Beach Pops quickly distinguished itself as a world-class pops orchestra, dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. In addition to on-going concerts, The Palm Beach Pops is devoted to serving the children in its community by presenting quality music education programs. The Pops created the Music & You In-School Youth Education Program to expose students to new learning experiences and positive role models while developing creativity, providing tools for communication and enabling students to build a strong sense of self. The Palm Beach Pops is a non-profit organization, supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, and concert income. For more information, please visit palmbeachpops.org or call 561.832.7677.
Available for Interview:
Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director
The Palm Beach Pops