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March 14, 2017 > Symphony offers free ChildrenÕs Concerts

Symphony offers free ChildrenÕs Concerts

Submitted By Caryl Dockter

On Tuesday morning, March 21, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will present its 43rd annual ÒChildren's Concerts,Ó which have given thousands of school-age children from public and private schools an opportunity to hear live symphonic music performed by a professional orchestra. Matilda Hofman, award-winning conductor of Diablo Symphony, Empyrean Ensemble, and Festival Opera, will lead the orchestra. The concerts are open to the public, free of charge.

The program will feature a performance by one of FSO's Young Artist Competition winners, 11-year-old Vivian Wang, who will perform the first movement of Bach's Piano Concerto No. 1. Other works include excerpts from Stravinsky's ÒFirebirdÓ and John Williams' Harry Potter film scores. A unique feature of the Children's Concerts, dating from its earliest years, is performance of original compositions by 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students from Fremont public and private schools. Each school submits one tune; several of the best are then selected, professionally orchestrated, and performed at the concerts. This year's winning compositions are:

¥ ÒSlithering Space SnakeÓ by Isabella Danner-Vera, Parkmont
¥ ÒFalling SnowÓ by Adrish Kar, Ardenwood
¥ ÒSnowflake the BunnyÓ by Michelle Chan, Warm Springs
¥ ÒPink DinosaursÓ by Tien Nguyen, St. Joseph
¥ ÒA Square DanceÓ by Alison Lau, Vallejo Mill
¥ ÒNight OwlÓ by Sahana Hariharan, Our Lady of Guadalupe
¥ ÒPeaceful DreamsÓ by Wang Yuxi Yang, Blacow
¥ ÒRush!!Ó by Oliver Corro, Durham

The concerts will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. in Epler Gymnasium at Ohlone College, easily accessed from the parking garage at the south end of the Fremont campus. The 10:15 a.m. performance is reserved for most Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) schools. The 11:45 a.m. performance is reserved for any remaining FUSD schools, schools in the Newark and New Haven School Districts, private schools and anyone wishing to attend. Concerts are produced in partnership with the Fremont Unified School District and Ohlone College, and supported in part by the Rotary Club of Niles, Rotary Club of Fremont, Kiwanis Club of Fremont, Optimist Club of Newark, Citizens for Better Community, Music Teachers Association of Southern Alameda County and the Fremont Cultural Arts Council.

Children's Concerts
Tuesday, Mar 21
11:45 a.m.
Ohlone College
Epler Gymnasium
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 371-4860

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