Senator Bernie Sanders is hosting a special town meeting – which will feature a concert of high school choruses from throughout Vermont – to discuss the importance of funding for the arts in the public schools.

"Not only is it important to emphasize the arts in our schools, but we must share in the success of students. That's what this evening is about," Senator Sanders said. "I've had the chance to hear some of our Vermont high school choruses and have been extremely impressed with the quality of the music and the dedication of the students. I thought it would be nice to have an opportunity to create an event where we could showcase some of Vermont's wonderful young talent. I am very excited about this event and encourage people to come out to hear our young people."

The meeting is on Saturday, October 26, at 6 p.m. at Montpelier High School and will feature 10 Vermont schools and organizations including Harwood's High School chorus. The chorus features over 60 singers, grades 9 through 12, led by director Stefanie Weigand. After taking Harwood's select choir to perform at last year's Gubernatorial Inauguration, Weigand was contacted by Senator Sanders, who praised the students' performance, and the two spoke about choral music and the opportunities that exist for student singers throughout the state. The various student choruses will each be performing songs at the concert and will all join together to sing "These Green Mountains," Vermont's state song, as a finale to the concert. The event is free and open to the public.