Today, February 14, 2012, Arizona Celebrates 100 years of Statehood. Students from Mesa’s Southwest Strings, add their voices to the festivities with a performance of the National Anthem for the Arizona Legislature. It’s a notable experience for the young elementary school string players—but it’s not the only reason they’re excited about Arizona’s Centennial. The students will be joined by a very special guest for this performance-superstar violinist, Itzhak Perlman.
Itzhak Perlman performs a solo recital tonight, 7:30, at the Mesa Arts Center. For ticket details, visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com.
After 30 years of teaching, and an estimate of 6,000 students, elementary strings teacher Richard Worcestor retires at the end of this school year. His dedication and passion for music education have made a clear impact on our community. Richard and the Southwest Strings will celebrate with one last performance of the National Anthem, at the Phoenix Suns Home Game on April 16, 2012.
Additional Audio: 16 years ago, Zachary Henning was a student of Richard Worcestor and a former member of Southwest Strings. Zach, a member of the Navy, returned to the states from a recent tour of Afghanistan. The Southwest Strings helped welcome him home at the airport.
Additional Audio: Zach picked up the violin again when he was overseas, and used music as a way to cope with the stresses of military duty.
Itzhak Perlman and the Southwest Strings, students of Hale and Entz Elementary Schools (Mesa)