How do you make it to Carnegie Hall? Go to the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts!

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Photo provided by Brigid Harrigan 8/14/16

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Photo provided by Brigid

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Photo: Stephanie, Rochester Academy of Music and Arts fan

Yesterday when cycling on the canal path near Brighton Town Park, I wandered across a couple of hundred people playing music, badminton, volleyball and even throwing coconuts up in the air. The Rochester Academy of Music & Arts in Brighton was having its annual family picnic.

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Brigid with student

Inside and outside the lodge, students from age four to adult performed at the event, while their friends and family enjoyed an array of classic picnic foods. Several hundred local residents were in attendance.

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Setting up the coconut toss. Photo provided by Brigid

As explained by Assistant Director Brigid Harrigan, not content to simply have a fun day in the park, the Academy also used the event as an outlet for creativity.

Documentarian filmmaker Sean Donnelly was present to film students for an upcoming music video. The video coincides with the release of “Big Coconut,” a song written by Academy owner Brannon Hungness. “Big Coconut,” a rousing anthem for positivity, is set to be released September 19th as a charity single to benefit Earthworks. During the filming, the kids — feeling like celebrities — excitedly tossed dried coconuts into the air.

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These bubble blowing boys joined the fun from the nearby Islamic Center

And the exciting news is that “Big Coconut” will make its live debut September 24 when students and teachers perform it onstage at Carnegie Hall. 45 of the Academy’s 450 students will be making the trip to Manhattan to perform on the world-famous stage. All through practice, practice, practice at Rochester Academy of Music & Arts.

There is always something new at Brighton Town Park.

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