Save the date
Arlington ISD is celebrating 50 years of orchestra with a special concert Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Arlington ISD Center for Visual and Performing Arts.
The day will be filled with performances from orchestra programs throughout the district and culminate with the exclusive 50 Years Celebration Concert. Pre-concert activities are free and open to the public. The 50 Years Celebration Concert is free but requires a ticket.
The celebration concert begins at 4 p.m. in the Copeland Concert Hall and will feature the Celebration Ensemble, made up of current students, teachers and alumni from each of the Arlington ISD’s six high school networks. The event will also feature video interviews with some of the district’s first orchestra teachers who helped lay the foundation for the award-winning program.
Reserve your tickets here. The concert will also be live-streamed.
Pre-concert activities include:
1 – 2:10 p.m. – 6th Grade Showcase/Junior High Showcases
2:10 – 2:35 p.m. – Reception
2:35 – 3:30 p.m. – Junior High Showcases
3:30 pm – 3:50 pm – Mariachi Showcase
Orchestra Since 1972
In 1972, Dean Corey, Arlington ISD’s coordinator of music activities at the time, started the orchestra program in the Arlington ISD with the support of the students, parents, school board, superintendent and teachers. It started with just four teachers and a little more than 100 students and has become one of Texas’s most recognized orchestra programs. Today, the programs in the Arlington ISD serve more than 4,000 students and have received state and national recognition for outstanding performance.
Check the Arlington ISD’s blog again next week for another article that celebrates 50 years of orchestra in the Arlington ISD.
If you can’t attend the Celebration Concert in person, tune in online. Subscribe to the Arlington ISD YouTube channel and receive notifications when we live-stream the performances.