Pineland Suzuki School will present its 18th annual Benefit Concert, Peace Through Music: An Homage to Dr. Suzuki at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Messalonskee High School Performing Arts Center, 131 Messalonskee High Drive in Oakland.

The afternoon will feature the sounds of Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, folksongs and fiddling.

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.

Peace Through Music features more than 80 Suzuki student musicians, ages 4 to 17, playing together and in harmony. The most advanced students will showcase a variety of beautiful and 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 will end with all 80 students on stage playing or dancing a Celtic extravaganza of music from Lord of the Dance.

Proceeds raised from the benefit concert will be used towards scholarships and programs of Pineland Suzuki School, to enable more students to participate and to enhance programming options.

Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for students and seniors, and are free for children younger than 6. A silent auction and reception will follow the concert.

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