Violins in Motion

Free children’s concert on the Harbor Walk of Lights

(Date for 2018 still TBA!)

Donations accepted for JDRF and Juvenile Diabetes Research.


Please watch for 2018 updates!

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The heart of Key West’s Historic Seaport and the  “Key West Harbor Walk of Lights” is to welcome the musical group "Violins in Motion", an amazing group of school children who will perform under the moonlight. This is another event of the ongoing Key West “Bight” Before Christmas Celebration and the Key West Holiday Fest.

This free performance of your favorite Christmas songs is set for 6:30-8 p.m. TBA in 2018 under the big “Fishing Buoy Christmas Tree” near the Lazy Way shops and the Conch Republic Seafood Company (Greene and Elizabeth Streets). 

"Violins in Motion" is a children's music program from Fort Lauderdale, consisting of amazing 4-18 year old South Florida and international students.  All self funded, they come to Key West now annually and share the spirit of the holidays with the locals and holiday travelers alike, through their music.

Please stop in for a listen, or grab the mike and share a song or even bring an instrument to join in and make it a Holiday Jam Session!

These little prodigies have become proficient on the violin at such a young age by learning their craft through the “Suzuki” method that allows very young kids to learn by ear. They have performed for the holidays many times at Disney World, Flamingo Gardens and the Make a Wish Village,  just to name a few. 

"Violins in Motion" founder and teacher Ellie Riskin (Miss Ellie), with her husband Howie on guitar, accompany the students during their performances. The classically trained Miss Ellie fell in love with the Suzuki teaching method over 6 years ago, when she saw a friend teaching music by Suzuki. Because it teaches children to play tunes by ear without time-consuming lessons in reading music, Suzuki students often begin playing songs within two or three months. 

"It's such a loving way to teach. Children learn to play in a sensory way, with their hearts and souls" Miss Ellie said.

She has a music studio in Cooper City, FL and instructs children from all over the Ft. Lauderdale area. They also raise money at their performances for the JDRF charity that supports Juvenile Diabetes Research, a charity close to their hearts as some of their students are battling that affliction.  

While the event is free, donations will be accepted for JDRF and Juvenile Diabetes Research.

The “Key West Harbor Walk of Lights” is illuminated every evening at dusk and are to remain on display through New Year’s Eve.

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