The Children’s Concert at NoVa Community College is tonight, with onstage recognition for Reflections winners! This event is in addition to our formal Reflections Awards Program on March 24. No awards will be given out tonight; this is just a chance for our winners to receive a round of applause from the community.
WHAT REFLECTIONS FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW
DATE & TIME: 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 2.
EVENT: The Children’s Concert is specifically aimed at families with kids. It’s not too long, the music is fun and accessible, and many students (some as young as kindergarten) are among the performers, with groups from John Adams, George Mason, and other ACPS schools. This is a FREE concert; bring the whole family, friends, grandparents, teachers, and everyone else! No tickets, registration, or sign-ups required.
LOCATION: Schlesinger Center of NVCC, Alexandria Campus, 4915 East Campus Drive. It’s just off of Beauregard, in the west end of town.
PARKING: When you turn onto the campus from Beauregard, come on up the hill and turn into the parking garage you’ll see to the left. Schlesinger is ahead and to the right, just up from the garage. Parking is FREE during this event; regular parking fees do not apply.
SEATING: There will be a reserved section for Reflections winners and guests. In the past, it was in front on the left (as viewed from the stage). Look around for it and join us there!
STUDENTS BEING RECOGNIZED: Reflections winners will be called onstage as a group, between performances. This includes everyone who won an Alexandria city-level Reflections 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Honorable Mention, or Directors Award.
ONSTAGE PROCEDURE: Students will be asked to say 4 things:
Name, Grade, School, and Category. For example, my son might say, “I’m Jonathan Petrini, a 9th-grader at T.C. Williams. My award is for Music Composition.” (This is not a high-pressure situation. If a child is stumped, he or she will be prompted. No need for nerves.) The emcee will say nice things about them, and everyone will applaud. Then the kids can go back to sit with their families.
DRESS CODE: There is none, so it’s up to you and your student. Remember that the kids will be onstage. Dressy is fine, if your child is so inclined. Otherwise, I’d suggest to aim for, at least, neat and presentable.
ABOUT LEAVING EARLY: If you have to rush home early to get the kids to bed, please leave AFTER the Reflections recognition, to give your child a chance in the spotlight. It’s usually about halfway through the concert.
This concert is always great fun. I hope you will attend!