"...there was a perfect balance of performance, entertainment, engagement, and education – a difficult balance to pull off!" - David Tagliarini, Pinellas County Performing Arts Staff Developer
Our Youth Initiative is a music education program serving elementary students primarily in Title 1 schools in our community. The program offers a unique, hands-on approach to music education and choral performance free to the students.
"Having five young kids of my own, I know the importance of musical interaction in a child's life. Music brightens their eyes and sparks an inner excitement in their minds. It's magical. I see the value in this program and I am honored to help make it a reality for our community's youth." - Donald E. Phillips, Managing Director, Phillips Development and Realty.
We are thrilled to receive a major gift from Phillips Development and Realty to support our Youth Initiative. We are very excited because this important sponsorship provides funding for our upcoming “Going to the Show” day-time concert. This concert is designed just for students and will feature The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers led by Deah McReynolds and world-renowned conductor Doreen Rao. The concert will be presented in the morning on Wednesday, March 1st at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg and elementary students from all over Pinellas County are invited to attend for free. The performance will include “guided tours” of each piece, and students will even have the chance to sing along with the artists. A similar performance is in the planning stages for Hillsborough County students later this fall.
This special 1-hour concert experience will feature performances by the Master Chorale Ensemble Singers and Lumina Youth Choirs led by Deah McReynolds and special guest Doreen Rao.
This concert is graciously sponsored by Phillips Development and Realty, Inc., with support from Casper's Company, Publix Super Markets, the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Tampa, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.