Sunday, March 15, 2009

Wadsworth & Friends Concert to Include 2 New Master Classes

Based on the outstanding success of last year’s two Master Classes that were held in conjunction with the 2008 Wadsworth & Friends Concert, two new Master Classes will new be offered as an integral part of this year’s event.

“A Master Classis a class given to students of a particular discipline – usually music, but also painting, drama, or any of the arts. In a Master Class, a teacher’s general
comments are replaced by the far more personal, intimate, informed, and individualized instructions and comments of a practiced professional in that talent or skill.”

Referring to last year’s Master Class for strings students, Dr. Lyn Schenbeck of Smokey Road Middle School and Director of the Arts at the Central Educational Center stated, “My Smokey Road orchestral string students were very excited about last year’s Master Class with violinist Chee-Yun. As a result, they all began to practice more seriously and are playing much better this year. It was exciting to watch a seasoned professional be so inspiring to young people. We thank everyone involved for bringing in such amazing talent!”

Invitations have been sent by the City of Newnan’s Cultural Arts Commission to the heads of musical departments in county schools, inviting students to attend the two Master Classes that will be conducted on Friday, March 28th, at The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts. Don Nixon, Director at The Centre, has played a pivotal role in implementing the classes that were initially conceived by Newnan’s Mayor Keith Brady and Charles Wadsworth.

Since providing the Master Classes represents a significant added expense, the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission solicited sponsorships from the community. Based on the enthusiastic response to the 2008 classes, Cargill and Newnan’s Rotary Club each agreed to again sponsor one of the Master Classes. Cargill’s Vice President and General Manager Bradley Down said, “At Cargill, we believe in our youth, and the arts represent a very important part of their education. We feel a corporate responsibility to help in this area and support this special program.” Newnan Rotary’s President Marvin McKoy commented, “Rotary gets involved in many charities, but there’s nothing more important than education and this is a quality endeavor. Our Rotary members gave an immediate and unanimous endorsement to sponsoring this project.”

Tickets for the 7:30 pm event will be available at Scott’s Bookstore in Newnan, Morgan’s Jewelry in Ashley Park, and the Bank of Coweta at Thomas Crossroads. General seating adult tickets are $20 and Senior/Student tickets are $15.
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