JUNIOR PHILHARMONIC: The Junior Philharmonic Society will present a performance by 11 young instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers from the New Orleans area at 2 p.m. Sunday in Dixon Hall at Tulane University. Admission is free.
The performers include dancers Cate Tallant, a homeschooled eighth-grader from Kenner, and Metairie resident Hanley Simpson, a senior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Students performing on the piano include Sophia Cao, of New Orleans, a sixth-grader at Holy Name of Jesus; David Zhan, of New Orleans, a 10th-grader at Benjamin Franklin High School; Kenneth Schafer, of Baton Rouge, a ninth-grader at Episcopal High School; and Tulane University freshmen Rebecca Wang and Olivia Gilbert.
Playing a piano duet are sisters Emmie Silver, seventh grade, and Annie Silver, ninth grade, of Covington.
Vocalist Annie Cohen, an 11th-grade student at Metairie Park Country Day School, will perform, as will violinist Kavia Mallik, a fourth-grade student at Metairie Academy.
The young artists, as well as the 12 students who performed in the society’s March concert, auditioned in January to perform in one of two concerts sponsored by the society. Following the second performance, the organization determines the winners of up to four special cash awards, which are presented at the first concert the following year.
The mission of the Junior Philharmonic Society, which is celebrating its 66th year, is to provide gifted young artists an opportunity to perform in a professional setting. Recitals are free and open to the public and provide a way to introduce children to concertgoing and a lifetime of music and performing arts.
CHARTER SCHOOLS WEEK: The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools will celebrate the successes of the state’s 134 charter schools during National Charter Schools Week, May 3-9.
Louisiana charter schools serve more than 70,000 children. It has been 20 years since Louisiana passed its charter school law, ranked as the second-strongest in the United States.
Caroline Roemer Shirley, LAPCS executive director, said, “I think it’s fair to say that when those first three charter schools opened in 1996, you could call charters an experiment. But when you look over the past 20 years and see the results Louisiana charter schools have produced, there’s nothing experimental about it today. They’re a success.”
A recent study by the Stanford Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that New Orleans public charter schools significantly outperform their conventional public school counterparts, equating to an additional 40 school days in math and 28 in reading over the span of a school year.
For information, visit www.lacharterschools.org.