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November 9, 2010 > State of the Arts

State of the Arts

By Margaret Talt

Fremont is fortunate to have a classical chamber music series presented annually in the beautiful historic Old Mission San Jose. The programs offer concerts that give an exciting perspective to classical music, both traditional and new. According to the brochure for the Music at the Mission series, chamber music is presented that is "outside the box." The first concert in this season's series is "Belle Epoque" on November 20, and will offer music by Dvorak, Ravel, Debussy, Brahms, and Berg. (For more information, visit

Fremont is doubly fortunate to have local resident Aileen Chanco, an acclaimed and internationally known pianist who is also Director of Music at the Mission concert series, perform regularly as well.

With a bachelors and masters degree in music from Juilliard School of Music, Chanco has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and received enthusiastic reviews.

Chanco and Music at the Mission want to bring their music to Fremont's schools and give children the opportunity to hear fine music they otherwise might never hear through four different interactive Outreach Programs for schools with performances by leading Bay Area artists.

Asked why she chose a career in music, Chanco replied, "I had no choice - my family always had music."

Cultural arts nourish our spirits through sound and vision. What many people don't realize is that the cultural arts also nourish the business community. Whether the arts are operated on a business or volunteer basis, they have an impact on the community beyond entertainment.

Advertising, printing of posters, invitations, and tickets are needed; snacks, lunches, and dinners often are companion activities to the cultural arts, so restaurants and other food establishments benefit. Transportation requires gasoline. Food and beverages are often served at receptions and exhibits, and those items are purchased from within the community. Presentations of a theater, dance, musical performance, or an art exhibit are like pebbles dropped in a pond; the ripples of benefit spread.

So enjoy all the arts that delight your heart and know that while doing so you are benefiting your community at the same time.

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