Sunset Ridge students to perform concert

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Sunset Ridge students received a special opportunity this month with an artist-in-residence program, courtesy of the school's parent group.

Ken Lonnquist, an MHS graduate and local award-winning musician, spent three days helping students write and prepare songs for an Earth Day Concert that will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 22 starting at 7 p.m.

Lonnquist, 60, visited the school on April 11, 16 and 19. Each grade had 30 minutes on each day to work with Lonnquist.

Each grade wrote at least one song based on a theme, including straws-ocean conservation (kindergarten), being water wise (first grade) and energy conservation (third grade).

Lonnquist performs all over the state and writes songs with students from pre-kindergarten thruogh adults. The songs may be part of free creative writing, curricular themes, or a favorite story brought to life in a collection of coordinated songs strung together with student narrators.

Visit the musician's website to learn more. Isthmus also did a feature on Lonnquist in 2009.