Over a three-day weekend, forty-one student musicians who play violin and viola; and live and attend middle and high school in South King County will perform and compete for prizes, college scholarships and an opportunity to perform live on Classical King FM 98.1 at Key to Change’s annual Solo String Festival. The Solo String Festival will be held April 9-11 at Benaroya Hall. Students representing seven different school districts will perform in either Taper Auditorium or Nordstrom Recital Hall live for three renowned judges who will listen to each student virtually.
Many of these students are of color and all come from heavily underrepresented and underserved communities in South King County and have never performed or attended a concert at Benaroya Hall. “This event has the potential to inspire change in a student’s life by performing on the same stage that world renowned musicians have performed on”, said Dr. Quinton Morris, Key to Change’s executive director and founder. “Providing a space for underrepresented students to come play in a renowned concert hall demonstrates that Key to Change cares about providing value to people who have been constantly marginalized. We believe in the good of people and the power of music”.
While Benaroya Hall is not open to the public, all seven school districts will have free access to watch their classmates and friends compete virtually. Key to Change is the recipient of the Seattle Symphony’s inaugural Community Stages Fund, who has provided the performance space.
Winners of the Solo String Festival will perform live on Classical KING FM 98.1 later this spring.
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Contact: Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director and Founder