IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.

Guests can arrive at 6 p.m. for the fine-art exhibit, then be seated for the 6:30 p.m. band and chorus concert.

Led by the band, chorus and soloists, audiences will travel musically through the Middle East, Spain, Russia, the British Isles and South America,

“Even though it’s a shorter concert, it’s definitely one full of interesting music,” said band director Nathan Mohler. “I know the audience will enjoy the selections,” since the students already do, he said.

“There’s a menagerie of things going on,” said Mohler, adding that he is glad for an excuse to have a department-wide exhibition. “This’ll, hopefully, be a regular, yearly thing.”

The festival is a new event, adding to the music department’s regular offerings of spring and winter concerts, plus a springtime variety show.

Around the corner, the art gallery will display works created at the hands of IR students.

“People [are] going to be able to enjoy something before the concert or during intermission,” said art instructor Steven O’Boyle.

That connection between visual arts and music only enhances the experience, he said. Plus, the mini-show prepares students for the big art exhibition later this spring.

“It’s definitely going to be a really good night of entertainment for anyone who visits,” O’Boyle said.

Indian River High School is located at 29772 Armory Road in Dagsboro.