On Thursday (7/28), the Heritage Concert Band will perform its annual Children’s Concert. The band will play special selections for kids of ages. Kids can sit near the stage and will get a chance to participate during the performance. 

 This year the band welcomes Milagros (Millie) Ho, who will dazzle the audience with her castanet capabilities. Millie was born in Puerto Rico and studied piano performance at the Conservatorio de Música.  In 1999, she moved to Illinois to begin a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at SIUE.  She studied with Dr. Linda Perry, graduating in 2001, and is currently on the piano faculty of the SIUE Keyboard Development Program.

In December 2011, after seeing a virtuoso castanet player on YouTube, Mrs. Ho began teaching herself to play the instrument using the method books of two famous castanet players, Emma Maleras who developed the notation for castanets, and Ria Schneider.  She was castanet soloist with the Parkway Middle School Chamber Orchestra and the Edwardsville Symphony Orchestra, and for the past 8 years has performed with Dr. Perry in the piano & castanet duo “Keys and Castanets”.

   Castanets were named in Spanish castañetes after the castaño or chestnut tree, from which they were often made. Castanets actually go back not just centuries but millennia, at least as far back as the Persian Empire, Ancient Greece and Rome. Be a part of their continuing history and come to Thursday’s Children’s Concert. The one hour concert starts at 7:30 pm on stage behind the Staunton Public Library. Bring chairs or blankets and refreshments! See below the photo of our guest for inclement weather information!

Millie Ho, Guest Soloist

NOTE: Should the concert be rained out, we will present it on the following week. If the weather situation seems like imminent rain, please check this webpage before heading to the concert as we will announce the postponement here if it becomes necessary.

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