Summerfest Outreach Program
Summerfest schedules outreach events year-round to audiences that traditionally do not or cannot attend paid concert events. The scope of this outreach program has nearly doubled in recent years. In 2011 Summerfest reached over 1,600 children and seniors through free outreach presentations.
In 2011 Summerfest began a residency at the French language charter school Académie Lafayette, in Kansas City, Missouri. Summerfest musicians performed twice at all-school assemblies in the spring and summer of 2011. In the fall of 2011, Summerfest musicians and volunteers held an “instrument petting zoo” at the school for children who were interested in participating in the school’s band or string ensemble programs. In part because of the enthusiasm generated by Summerfest’s appearances at the school, they were able to get a grant to start a beginning string program for children in early elementary school grades. These children took weekly lessons and ensemble classes.
With a grant from the Francis Family Foundation, Summerfest was able to return for master classes with these students this spring. String students presented a side-by-side concert with Summerfest musicians on May 21st for the entire school.
With the same grant from the Francis Family Foundation Summerfest was able to have a large presence at Alta Vista Middle School in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri this spring. Band students of Julie Munro studied horn, trombone, trumpet, flute, and clarinet with Summerfest musicians. Luis Portillo’s orchestra students had special masterclasses in cello, bass, viola and violin. The residency concluded with a Summerfest concert at the Guadalupe Center for the more serious music students. Musicians played music of Beethoven, Mozart, and Piazzolla, including a preview presentation of the “History of the Tango” that featured Beau Bledsoe on guitar and Shannon Finney on flute.
Join us for this free event:
July 10, 2011, 10:30 a.m.: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch: Kids’ Corner instrument
demonstration and concert for children.