Northrop dazzles with musical showcase - January 30, 2008

Record Number: 3786
Displayed from: Jan 30, 2008 , until: Feb 20, 2008

Northrop High School will host its annual premier musical event this weekend. The Seventh Annual Charisma Classique, a showcase of some of the best musical talent in the Midwest, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Northrop, 7001 Coldwater Road. The event is one of the largest musical events of the year with more than 1,500 students performing in the female only and mixed music group competitions. The students represent 31 high schools from four states. Groups perform during the day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The top groups will perform again in the evening with the girls champion performing at 7 p.m. followed by the six highest-scoring mixed groups. Charisma will perform at 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. "The Charisma Classique is one of the biggest school events of the year in Fort Wayne," said Northrop Choir Director Tom Maupin. "The day is filled with fantastic music performed by dedicated students and shows the talent we have not only locally but from our neighboring counties and states. We invite everyone to come out and watch. It's a full day of fun." In previous years, nearly 3,000 people have attended the event and more than 4,000 are expected this year. Tickets to the day or evening performances are $8 for one session. For both sessions, tickets are $12. The event also includes a middle school competition Friday, Feb. 1. Four middle schools, including FWCS' Northwood and Memorial Park, will perform from 7-9 p.m. Northrop's Ville de Filles will perform at 9 p.m., and awards will be given at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the middle school competition is $5.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.