CHICAGO (CBS) — A special music program that partners with Chicago Public Schools and other under-served schools is holding its 25th annual concert at the Chicago Symphony Center.
Hundreds of students are performing on the stage over the next two days.READ MORE: Rollover Crash On Lake Shore Drive Closes Northbound Lanes Between Fullerton And Belmont Avenues
There are students who sing in the choir and students who play in the band. All of them are part of the Merit School of Music’s Bridges program.
It’s an initiative to help children in under-served communities have access to music.
Elias Neva, an 8th grader at Carson Elementary, plays the flute and piccolo. He says, if it wasn’t for the Bridges program, he probably wouldn’t be playing music.READ MORE: Brookfield Zoo Hosting Blood Drive Wednesday; Free Admission With Donation
“Honestly, I don’t think I would be able to. That’s why I’m really grateful that that is available to students like me,” he said.