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Hernando school choruses join World's Largest Concert

BROOKSVILLE — Six choruses from five Hernando County schools participated in the World's Largest Concert, which has been a highlight of Music In Our Schools Month since 1985.

It is a "singalong concert linking students around the world through music," said Challenger K8 elementary chorus director Richard Gomez. "The WLC reached an estimated 6 million students, teachers and music supporters in recent years."

Challenger K8 was this year's Hernando County host.

People across the United States and abroad have participated in the event, which has been held on the second Thursday in March for the past 26 years.

The participating schools and their chorus directors are Challenger K8 middle and elementary school choruses (25 and 65 students), Richard Gomez; Powell Middle School chorus (35 students), Dave Pletincks; Moton Elementary School chorus (15 students), Alice Laplaca; Fox Chapel Middle School chorus (41 students), Ashley Pritz and West Hernando Middle School chorus (65-80 students), Cristina Ledford.

The students sang these selections: El Quelite, Make a Song for My Heart to Sing, Music and Me, Soldiers' Joy, The Star Spangled Banner (first verse only), Tue, Tue, We the People and When Music Plays.

The students sang in the Challenger K8 gymnasium while watching the overhead screen that played the performance DVD, Gomez said. "I think the concert is a fantastic opportunity for chorus students in the county to unite and share the joy of music on a large scale," he said.

The songs, he said, are rich in American culture and heritage and also expose students to other music around the world.

The event was sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

Hernando school choruses join World's Largest Concert 03/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:50pm]
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