by Andrew Krus, director of visual and performing arts
The Music in the City concert on March 2 at Benaroya Hall is a highlight of Lakeside’s music program. Approximately 300 Lakeside students in grades 7 through 12 have been working for months to prepare, and this year, many of our 5th and 6th graders will have a cameo performance as part of the finale. It is one of the few times in a year that you’ll be able to see the progression and growth that a Lakeside student experiences over their time at the school.
Another reason we music teachers feel particularly passionate about this concert is how it relates to Lakeside’s equity and inclusion initiative, Our Work Together. This year, our music faculty have sought out material derived from a range of cultural traditions. As a result, this multi-genre concert spans 150 years of music making; includes jazz, Latin, classical, pop, and contemporary pieces; and features repertoire written by female composers and Black composers.
We very much hope that every member of our community will make an effort to come support the students who have been working hard for many months to prepare. Students light up when they see people they know and care about in the audience. And it’s a great way to see and hear what inclusive programming looks like in our music curriculum.