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March 13, 2018 > Children show their musical talents in free concert

Children show their musical talents in free concert

Submitted By Caryl Dockter

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will present an intriguing free concert on Tuesday, March 20 that includes music written for children, music performed by children, and music composed by children. The concert will be held in the Epler Gymnasium at Ohlone College?s Fremont campus on Mission Boulevard.

Prokofiev?s beloved ?Peter and the Wolf,? with orchestra, narrator, and dancers from Yoko?s Dance Academy, tells the story of a young boy in Russia who goes out into the meadow to play, defying his grandfather who warns him about a dangerous wolf. But Peter isn?t afraid. As the narrator tells of Peter?s encounter with the wolf, the music and dancers illustrate the story.

Ava Pakiam, a second grader at Redding Elementary School in San Francisco, will perform the first movement of Mozart?s Violin Concerto No. 2. Ava won Honorable Mention in FSO?s Young Artist Competition last January and has won many other competitions. She even composed the cadenza (a virtuoso solo interlude inserted near the end of the movement) herself!

A regular feature of the Children?s Concerts is a group of original compositions by 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Fremont Unified School District. Each school selects a tune to submit, and a few of the best are professionally orchestrated and played by the symphony. The March 20 concert will include compositions by Abigail Baron, Rishi Chandrasekar, Alison Lau, Erin Law, Chadrick Stark, Karissa Tang, Harshitha Venkateswaran, and Maggie Yang.

The Brazilian artist Alan Anibal De Souza Ramos will conduct the orchestra. While the concert, which runs about an hour, is designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, anyone is welcome to attend, free of charge. As Ohlone College is not in session that week, there will be plenty of available parking in the garage at the south end of the campus, near the gymnasium.

The Fremont Symphony has presented free Children?s Concerts every year since 1975, providing a chance for thousands of school-age children from public and private schools in Fremont, Newark, Union City and other areas to hear live symphonic music.

For more information, please contact the Fremont Symphony at (510) 371-4860 or visit

Free Children?s Concert
Tuesday, Mar 20
10:30 a.m.
Ohlone College
Epler Gymnasium
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 371-4860

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