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Pineland Suzuki School: Peace Through Music

March 25, 2018, 2:00 PM

$5 – $12

Experience a delightful afternoon of Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms, folk songs and fiddling, and support a Central Maine non-profit whose mission is to share musical excellence, integrity, and beauty with our community’s children. Peace is the theme interwoven among the selections for this concert, as music offers a unique path to peace and joy for both the musicians and the audience.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Students and seniors are $5 and children under 6 are free. Please join us for a silent auction and reception after the concert.

Who was Dr. Shinichi Suzuki? After the devastation of World War II in Japan, Shinichi Suzuki wished to raise children to be good citizens with “noble hearts,” by teaching them to diligently and joyfully study great music. The Suzuki Method, based on how young children learn their first language or “mother tongue,” is taught throughout the world.

One of the most revolutionary aspects of the Suzuki Method is Dr. Suzuki’s idea that “musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed . . . the potential of every child is unlimited.” Did you know that in this rural corner of Maine, there is a group of more than eighty Suzuki violinists, violists and cellists? Upon hearing children who learned to play music via the Suzuki Method, renowned cellist Pablo Cassals observed, “Perhaps it is music that will save the world.”

Peace Through Music features more than eighty Suzuki student musicians, ages 4 to 17, playing delightfully and robustly, together and in harmony! The most advanced students will showcase a variety of beautiful & challenging concert pieces: “Meditation from Thais,” accompanied by harp and dancer; the Bach double violin concerto with its energetic first and last movements and soulful slow movement; and the violin, viola, and cello gymnastics of Handel/Halvorsen’s Passacaglia! The concert ends with all eighty students on stage playing or dancing a Celtic extravaganza of music from Lord of the Dance.

The proceeds raised from this benefit concert go towards scholarships and programs of Pineland Suzuki School, to enable more students to participate and to enhance programming options. For more information about the school and how to support this important mission, visit


March 25, 2018
2:00 PM
$5 – $12


Messalonskee High School
131 Messalonskee High Drive
Oakland, ME
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