Elementaries to join West Middle musicians for ‘String Soiree’ Feb. 10

       Various Westside elementary school string musicians will be joining with the West Middle School string orchestra for a “Westside String Soiree” Tuesday, Feb. 10.
       The concert, free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in the West gym at 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       With final arrangements still being made, West string instructor Ed Deepe said he did not know for certain yet how many elementary schools would be sending musicians, but he expects some at least from Midland, Whittier, Bristol, Buena Vista, Pike and Chipeta schools.
       This is the first such concert on the Westside, said Deepe (pronounced Dee-pea), a multi-school instructor who also teaches strings at Whittier, Midland and Bristol.
       Previously, on an every-other-year basis, he has helped organize district-wide concerts for students from different schools. “This was an off-year, so I decided to try it on the Westside,” he said. “Our schools here are so small, the students need to know it's not just them doing it.”
       The event will also be a “chance for the elementary kids to see that there's something string-wise going on at West,” he said. “We're trying to make our presence known to them.”
       The program will include simpler pieces by fourth- and fifth-graders (who have been learning the same songs at their respective schools), “everyone playing together in one huge group” and Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” as a concluding number by the middle-schoolers, Deepe said.
       Helping Deepe will be District 11's other multi-school string instructors on the Westside: Dave Dicocco, Robbie Hobein and Karen Bodmer.

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