Performance to reach county students
Published 6:58 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016
The Beaufort County Concert Association is reaching out to county students through an upcoming performance.
The concert association will host Fireworks Ensemble, an act that bridges the contemporary classical new music ensemble and the mainstream popular audience. The group will perform music from its newest album, American Tapestry, which blends American folk, rock, jazz and classical masterpieces, according to the band’s website.
Local students will get a chance to see the act on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m., as part of BCCA’s outreach to bring arts and entertainment that children would not normally be able to see locally, said Alma Friedman, BCCA president. The organization hosts one separate show per year for children, but admits children free with a parent to any of the five shows open to the public each year, according to Friedman.
“Live performances teach (students) how to be an audience and it’s a valuable thing,” said Michele Oros, director of grants and development at Beaufort County Schools, who coordinates the performances for the students. “They learn how to attend a live performance and participate as engaged members of an audience. The art itself, to which the students are exposed, is of intrinsic value, but also if you’ve never sat in an auditorium, you might not actually, in your experience, know how to be engaged with an act and appropriately respond and show appreciation.”
Friedman said BCCA is able to bring acts to students because of sponsorship by businesses such as Lee Chevrolet.
According to the act’s website, the ensemble is passionate about its work with young people and is dedicated to reaching new audiences of all ages. The group has reached thousands of students across the country through workshops, classes and performances.
“We don’t get a lot of kids at our shows,” Friedman said. “It’s more of an older crowd. When we have a program that we think kids will really like, we pick it. We want to show (children) there are shows out there that they can attend. (The kids) seem excited. (The acts) will get them to sing songs with them. They do a totally different show with the kids.”
According to the website, the group joined Live On Stage, one of the top presenters of live entertainment in the United States, last year. BCCA selects the acts brought to the local stage through Live On Stage and attends the organization’s lineup of acts in Nashville, Tennessee each summer for the selection process, according to Friedman.
“(Fireworks Ensemble) really hit us when we went (to Nashville),” Friedman said. “They have enthusiasm and work the crowd.”
The act will perform for the public Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door or those interested can visit BCCA’s website for membership options.
Another upcoming performance, courtesy of BCCA, will be Kevin Johnson, a nationally known ventriloquist, on April 17 at 3 p.m. The show is meant to give families an opportunity to come together and enjoy a comedic act, according to Jerry Oughton, a member of the BCCA publicity committee.
For more information, visit gobcca.org.