[QUEENS Courier] Queens kids prepare for exciting performance at famed Apollo Theater
Titled “Red Light, Green Light,” the concert program explores the sounds of growing up in New York City. Students will perform a mashup of playground chants, rhymes and multicultural pop culture songs while incorporating choreography work.
“We wanted to feature pieces that reflect the diversity of New York City,” Willis said. “We’ve really added a lot of movement this year, and that’s really enhanced the program.”
During practices and in-school performances leading up to the showcase, students are treated “not as kids, but as artists,” Willis noted. Kids are taught about posture, breathing techniques, how to navigate a score and other musical concepts.
“There’s a really special connection with the music and how it’s relevant for them,” he continued. “They can learn about so many different aspects of our society and culture through music and learn about themselves and how to contribute to a larger group.”