The high school music department will host the Fifth Annual Chamber Music Concert and Lasagna dinner on Thursday, March 22. The family-style meal will feature performances by the 7-12 chorus, jazz ensemble and soloists/small ensembles. Seniors Maegan Lee, Chelsea Hughes and Cassie Whittemore all said they were looking forward to the event. Its really a fun atmosphere its a lot of really different music, said Lee. Whittemore agreed, adding that the concert had a more relaxed feel than the formal school events. Students can pick the selection they wish to perform, creating a wide-ranging concert. Hughes was using the opportunity to perform The Flower Duet with her sister, Kim. Its the first time theyre performing publicly together. She said the best part of the event was the chance to explore different styles and the freedom to select their own music. Along with performing, students are the servers for the meal. The event is used to fund-raise for the music department. Approximately 50 students are participating, performing about 20 pieces. The groups range in size from solos to quintets, plus two pieces each by the 7-12 chorus and the 7-12 jazz ensemble. I think this event is special because it is really centered around the kids as individual performers. As a musician, it is much more difficult to play in a small group, so this performance is a real challenge to the kids, said music teacher Kerry Mero. The event is held during Music in Our Schools month. Once a week during the month of March, a music student performs live on the morning announcement for 30 seconds. The school also has a Music Question of the Day, which is open to all staff and students. Each day, a music question is posted in the lobby of the school, and answers must be submitted by 3 p.m. A new question is posted each day, along with the previous days answer, and the updated score tally. Prizes are awarded at the end of the month. Music, according to Mero, is important as a form of self-expression. It also gives a chance for students to develop self-discipline and self-motivation. I know that very few of my students will choose music as a profession, but I hope most will enjoy it as a life-long hobby, said Mero. If you go The Elizabethtown-Lewis 7-12 Music Department will hold its fifth annual Chamber Music Concert and Lasagna dinner on Thursday, March 22. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors, and children under five are free. The price includes lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. The meal starts at 5:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kerry Mero at 973-6371 ext. 412.