On Wednesday, November 4th two pianists from William Fleming High School along with two cellists from Patrick Henry High School have been selected to visit Washington where they will be able to hear from the First Lady and participate in musical workshops. The opportunity was made possible through the VH1 Save the Music Foundation grant which RCPS received this year.
The selected Roanoke students will also participate in the White House music series on Wednesday which was created by First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate the arts, demonstrate the importance of arts education and to encourage young people who believe in their talent to create a future for themselves in the arts community. Mrs. Obama will introduce a Classical Music Student Workshop Concert featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt. The concert will also include child protégés Sujari Britt and Jason Yoder who will accompany Alisa Weilerstein in duets. Other music workshops will be held in the White House earlier in the afternoon focusing on violin, cello, piano and classical guitar for 120 middle and high school students from across the country.