News Releases

5/7/2014 - Art a la Carte- South Middle School Guitar Ensemble

Contact: Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities

South Middle School Guitar Ensemble
Performs at Art a la Carte

The Art a la Carte concert series on Friday, May 9th will feature the South Middle School Guitar Ensemble. The half-hour performances begin at 12:20 p.m. each Friday and are held at Campbell Plaza in the 100 block of South Santa Fe.
 The South Middle School Guitar Ensemble consists of 50 seventh and eighth-grade students who play guitar as part of their school day.  The ensemble incorporates acoustic, bass, and electric guitars, along with vocals, to perform a wide range of music.  The ensemble will perform an eclectic mix that includes styles such as ‘50’s surf rock (The Chantays), blues (James Taylor), classic rock (Rolling Stones, Booker T. and the MG’s, The Band), reggae (Bob Marley), alternative (Weezer, Coldplay, Oasis), country (Darius Rucker), and current pop hits (John Legend, AgesandAges, Gnarls Barkley).
 The ensemble is directed by Matt Gerry, who introduced guitars into the general music program at South Middle School in 2001.  The ensemble gained national attention in 2010 when it won a contest held by the alternative rock group Weezer, which provided the ensemble with new musical equipment and allowed the student members to meet Weezer via a Skype webcast.  
   In inclement weather, Art a la Carte performances are held at the Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.