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March 1, 2002

SUZUKI STRING FESTIVAL BRINGS LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS TO VITERBO STAGE

LA CROSSE, Wis.—Combining the Suzuki style with the philosophy of creating beautiful, noble human beings through music is the main idea behind this year’s Suzuki String Festival Concert on Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The concert is free and open to the public but donations will be accepted to fund scholarships for Viterbo Preparatory School of Art’s students. A reception will follow the concert.

The Suzuki style performances will begin with the most difficult pieces by advanced students and there will be a "play down" in which more and more students will participate until, eventually, all of the students are on stage. There are around 100 Suzuki students who will be led by Sr. Marcella Steffes, string instructor with the Preparatory School of Arts, and Janelle Filtz, a clinician and graduate student from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. "The students participating in this event have been taught with the idea that they will focus on one issue at a time. Most of them started out with the ‘mother tongue method,’ where they were taught to play songs by listening to a CD or record.  After, the teachers and the parents would work together to help the child understand and appreciate music while learning to play their own instrument," said Sr. Marcella Steffes, the Preparatory School of Arts string instructor.

For more information, contact Sr. Marcella Steffes at 796-3772.

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