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Childrens Book Illustrator Show marks 28th year

The Sun Gallery is pleased to announce the return of its 28th annual Childrens Book Illustrator Exhibit. A local favorite, this fun and whimsical show has delighted young and old alike from around the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 30 years.

The Childrens Book Show starts on Thursday, January 19 and runs until Saturday, March 25. A special Artists Reception and meet and greet will be held on Saturday, February 11. Children and their families will be treated to face painting, appetizers and beverages Ð plus a free art class held beforehand in the Gallerys spacious art studio between 11 a.m. Ð 1 p.m. A coloring table sponsored by author Susan Pach-Koch will be available for families in the main gallery. Besides being a great chance to meet local authors and illustrators, there will also be book signings available throughout the day.

This years show has a wide variety of topics: Like Mother, Like Daughter by illustrator Robert Byrne has a colorful storyline about living with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and Josie the Great illustrated and authored by two sisters, Pam and Anne Saxelby, features a charming story about a little boy facing a new arrival in the family Ð Josie the baby (aka Josie the Great).

Year of the Rooster: something to crow about

January 28 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year 4714 and the ensuing 15-day Spring Festival. The event is celebrated across the globe wherever large Chinese populations are found, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mauritius, and the Philippines. Some observations of the holiday give up to a week off from work.

Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20. Following the practice of naming years for the succession of animals of the Chinese Zodiac, this is the Year of the Rooster, but it is more accurately the Red Fire Chicken because the stem-branch of the Chinese character is female.

Technically, the Chinese calendar uses not a lunar year, but a lunisolar year; months reflect the lunar cycle, but then intercalary months (e.g. second Adar in the Hebrew calendar) are added to bring the calendar year into synchronization with the solar year. Some examples are the Chinese, Hindu, and Thai calendars.

Lunisolar calendars have a variable number of months in a year. The reason for this is that a solar year is not equal in length to an exact number of lunar cycles, so without the addition of intercalary months the seasons would drift each year. To synchronize the lunar and solar years, a thirteen-month year is needed every two or three years.

Young prodigies in Fremont recital

The Fremont Symphony Guild is extremely proud to present a recital by a stunning sibling trio of young prodigiesÑviolinist Dustin (10), cellist Starla (9), and violinist Valery (7) Breshears. These award-winning young artists all study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where they perform regularly as soloists in pre-college division recitals. The three have won numerous competitions and prizes up and down California, and each soloed with a symphony orchestra at the age of six. Valery won the Fremont Symphonys Taghioff Award in last years Young Artist Competition, and performed the first movement of Mozarts Third Violin Concerto with the Symphony at its May 11 concert. Last July the Trio was presented by the LErmitage Foundation in Los Angeles as one of their monthly world-class concert series, and they have been invited for a return appearance next summer. In 2015 the Trio went on a sponsored concert tour in Mexico to raise money and awareness for the Autistic Children in Mexico, gave one or two concerts a day and were broadcast on Mexican television.

The Little Stars String Trio is coached by the Indonesian musician Dr. Ayke Agus, herself a child prodigy who performs on both violin and piano. Famous for her long association with Jascha Heifetz, Dr. Agus served as his accompanist in performance and in master classes, collaborated with him on violin and piano transcriptions, and published a highly regarded memoir, Heifetz As I Knew Him.

The Little Stars will perform string trios by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Borodin as well as solo pieces, accompanied by Dr. Agus, by Beethoven, Saint-Sa‘ns, Bach, Kreisler, Schubert, and Paganini.

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