Tuesday October 25, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- Sherri Killins, commissioner of Early Education and Cares, will help Berkshire Children and Families introduce Kids 4 Harmony -- an El Sistema inspired program of music and social change -- at the BCF annual meeting on Thursday.

The annual meeting will be held at the Country Club of Pittsfield and will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by a short business meeting and the presentation of awards.

The featured event will be the Sunshine Singers, a video of the preschool choir at BCF which is comprised of the pioneering members of Kids 4 Harmony.

While the preschool program focuses on children’s music and musical education, Kids 4 Harmony is an intensive after-school program of orchestral music that will debut at Morningside and Conte Community Schools in January.

The new initiative is based on El Sistema, a 35-year-old program that has achieved unparalleled success in providing youth with the opportunity to learn and play classical music while simultaneously uplifting the children, their families, and their communities.

In addition to Commissioner Killins, speakers and featured guests include State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Mayor James Ruberto, and Pittsfield School Superintendent Jake Eberwein.

The meeting will be attended by the Berkshire Children and Families’ board of directors, staff, funding sources, friends, supporters and other community agencies.

Anyone wishing to attend can call Paula McDermott at BCF at (413) 448-8281, ext. 14.