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Posted February 25, 2014

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APS Hosts Annual Elementary Honor Choir Festival

The fourth-grade choir will perform at 2:45 p.m. and the fifth-grade choir at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Eldorado High School.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts program will host the annual Elementary Honor Choir Festival this weekend. Fourth- and fifth-graders selected from APS schools will participate in two concerts at 2:45 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Eldorado High School (map) performing arts center, 11300 Montgomery NE. Fourth-graders perform at the first show, with the fifth-graders in the second.

“This concert, which has become an APS tradition, showcases the passion and commitment students and teachers have to music in our schools,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said.

Elementary music teachers selected the students to participate in the honor choirs. Students rehearse throughout the day Saturday before the afternoon concerts. They will sing a wide variety of music from around the world and will end the concert with a medley of Beatles songs, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America.

The concert kicks off Music in our Schools month.

Dr. David Peercy, an APS board member and longtime supporter of music education, is sponsoring the fourth-grade concert along with his wife, Martha. The fifth-grade show is sponsored by the William H. and Lillian Dolde Charitable Trust.

Peercy's father was a high school music director, and the arts played a central role in his family’s life, he has said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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