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W.A. Day spring concert is part of Music Monday

W.A. Day school students will stage their annual spring concert Monday, May 2 as part of a national celebration of music in schools.
The Fort Macleod Kindergarten to Grade 3 students take to the Empress Theatre stage for two performances as part of Music Monday.
Music Monday is an annual event that unites students, musicians, parents and community members across Canada to celebrate the gift of music.
“Anything that promotes music with the youth is a good thing,” W.A. Day school music teacher Maureen Chambers said. “Music Monday emphasizes the importance of music in our children’s education and everyday life. The fine arts often takes a back seat to other disciplines which means our children are not getting a well-rounded experience in school. Quite often this is where children excel and if we don’t expose them to the arts they will not realize their full potential.”
The concerts will feature performances of two songs by each of the Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 classes.
The spring concert’s theme “Let’s Go Where It’s Really Hot” is a nod to the desire of Fort Macleod residents for an end to snow and cold.
“I can’t remember ever wanting spring as badly as this year,” Chambers said with a laugh. “It has been a long winter and I’m sure everyone is ready for spring.”
The concert focuses on songs that come from tropical places.
The school traditionally holds its concerts in the gymnasium, but decided this year to perform at the Empress Theatre.
“Putting our concert in the theatre felt like the right thing to do,”Chambers said. “It is a beautiful building and the children are very excited to be performing there. It makes the performance more exciting.”
The students will sing for the public the song “We Can Make It Better,” which the Grade 3 students wrote earlier this year with the help of singer-songwriter Lowry Olafson.
“The entire school loves the new song and they sing it like songbirds,” Chambers said. “It is definitely a feel-good song.”
The concert finale is the students accompanied by Ryland Moranz of the Sophmore Jakes singing “Tomorrow Is Coming.”
“Tomorrow Is Coming” was written by singer-songwriter Luke Doucet, who was commissioned to create a new song for Music Monday.
“It was exciting to realize that Luke Doucet was the one chosen to write the song for 2011,” Chambers said. “He has been to the South Country Fair twice and has amazing talent for songwriting and performance. He is a good mentor for young people.”
Chambers is hopeful parents and family members of the students will be joined in the audience by community members for the performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on May 2.
“There’s nothing like watching small children perform,” Chambers said. “I’m sure families and friends will be there to cheer their children on.”
For more information about Music Monday visit www.musicmakesus.ca.

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