Low and Lower plays to support youth music groups

Fireweed Frescoes visiting with Brooks Whitehouse and Paul Sharpe after the school concert on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kim Fine)

Fireweed Frescoes visiting with Brooks Whitehouse and Paul Sharpe after the school concert on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kim Fine)

Students from Fireweed Academy and Paul Bank Elementary School were treated to a visit from a cello and bass duo last week ahead of a community concert to raise support for local ensemble music programs.

Orchestral Programs Unified Steering, which was formed as a central organization to support the handful of different youth violin and ensemble music programs at Homer area schools, sponsored a concert last Wednesday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center by the band Low and Lower. All proceeds went to benefit those music programs, which include the Paul Banks Preludes and the Fireweed Frescoes.

The classical cabaret duo is made up of cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe. The students got their own treat ahead of the concert with a school visit by the band.

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