Attendees listen to last year’s Rhapsody on the Point at Shelter Island's Humphreys concerts venue. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
A celebration of student music will take place May 13 when the Instrumental Music Program people at Point Loma High School take over Shelter Island's Humphreys Concerts venue to showcase the excellence of young musicians in the program.
This year marks the ninth annual Rhapsody on the Point at the stunning bayside location, an opportunity for the community to enjoy classical music in an intimate and elegant setting while sharing its pride in the astonishing talent and energy of PLHS musicians.
A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m.
Performing will be the PLHS Instrumental Music Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
The concert is the primary fundraiser for the popular program that now occupies the new Dr. Dan Nelson Music Center on campus.
How badly is funding needed?
"There are kids right now in band without an instrument to play," said PLHS Instrumental Music director James Sepulvado. "It's a wonderful problem to have!"
The program flourishes not only from the dedication of students and staff but also from a collaboration with Dana and Correia middle schools, which annually send talented musicians.
This year, 40 new students entered the program, stretching the marching band's inventory to the limit. Every last uniform and instrument is in use, and forecasts say more than $15,000 may be needed just to keep up with enrollment.
Sepulvado's message to the Peninsula community is blunt: "We can't keep up with the skyrocketing enrollment, and we need help from the community."
Tickets to the event at all levels are available, and donations can be made at rhapsodyonthepoint.com until May 10. General admission tickets only may be purchased at the door.
General admission tickets are $45 each or $80 for a pair. Future Pointer tickets for those up to age 15 are $15. All include admission and an unreserved seat. Hosted dessert and coffee at intermission are also included in all tickets.
Preferred seating closer to the stage is $100 per pair and includes an appetizer plate.
Reserved and premium cabaret seating is available at $250 (table for two), $500 (table for four) and $1,000 (table for eight) and includes varying numbers of drink tickets, program listings or ads and event signage.
The event is black tie optional and includes a cash bar.
Event sponsorships are being accepted in the amounts of $250, $500 and $1,000.
A silent auction featuring vacations and other luxury items will be held, with bids ending at intermission.
This year's Rhapsody on the Point honoree is the Point Loma Summer Concert Series, which organizers emphasize has very generously supported all music programs in Point Loma and Ocean Beach.