Ludlow Elementary School and Black River High School Music Department will host the Spring Opus Concert at the Ludlow Town Hall on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30 pm. The Opus 24 Concert is a bi-annual event sponsored by VT MIDI Project that features Vermont student’s music compositions being played live by members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The Opus Concerts are held in a variety of venues around the state and this is the first time that Ludlow will host the event in our beautifully renovated Ludlow Town Hall.
Six Ludlow Elementary fifth and sixth graders are currently working with online music composer- mentors for the Opus 24 Concert through their school membership with the VT MIDI Project. These six LES students join more than 90 students in the state who are working with composer-mentors on their music compositions. The students are writing music for woodwinds or strings or a combination of both. LES students are doing all of their music composing using their netbooks which were purchased through a grant that was written by the Town of Ludlow. The students use their netbooks and access an online website called “Inside Music” which gives them lessons in composing music. The students hone their skills with music compositions tasks in “Inside Music” and then they begin creating their own work. In early April, students across the state of VT will be notified if their music composition has been selected for live performance at the Opus 24 concert.
Ludlow has had two Black River High School student’s music composition represented in past Opus Concerts. In 2008, Allison Gillette’s music composition was featured at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, VT and in 2010, Leticia Mauriello’s work was featured at an Opus Concert held in Brattleboro, VT.