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Love, music, and passion come together

Following the huge popularity of Fremont Symphonys last Valentines Day Concert, guest conductor Jason Klein returns to the podium on Sunday, February 14 with another evening of passionate symphonic music celebrating the power of love. The evening will feature Borodins Polovtsian Dances, Wagners Prelude and Love Death from Tristan and Isolde, and Puccinis Mario, Mario from Tosca with soprano Marie Plette and tenor Alex Boyer; Faurés Pavane, selections from Bernsteins West Side Story, and RavelÕs hypnotic and sensuous Boléro.

Making an encore appearance as guest conductor, Jason Klein served as Fremont Symphonys music director in the 1970s after receiving his doctorate degree from Stanford University. Following several successful seasons, Klein left Fremont Symphony to pursue other teaching and conducting opportunities nationally but maintained close ties to the local community. Upon his return to the Bay Area, he held long tenures as music director of the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County (YOSAC) and the Saratoga Symphony, where he garnered wide attention as an innovative conductor. He also served as associate conductor of the Oregon Coast Music Festival in addition to appearing as a guest conductor with numerous professional and community orchestras across the United States.

Mias dream comes true

To make a childs wish come true is one of the greatest achievements of parenthood. The pure bliss that a wish granted could bring to a child is incomparable to any hardships along the way. That is why when Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board Members voted to rename a play area in Ruus Park as Mias Dream Come True, a family in Hayward left the Board meeting ecstatic.

Hayward resident Daniel Vasquez, along with his wife, conceptualized an idea for an all-abilities play area in Hayward, incorporating some of his 7-year-old daughters favorite places to visit in the city. At the HARD Board Meeting held Monday, January 11, 2016, RRM Design used Vasquezs sketch and drafted what he described as a Òbeautiful, amazing concept.

Her mom decided to reach out to Make-a-Wish Foundation, and so we were thinking about what would be a great wish that Mia would enjoy. We know Mia - even though shes non-verbal, we know what stuff she loves and doesnt like. And one of the things that she does love the most is exploring and being in the park. She loves swinging and running around, but around here in the surrounding cities, there really isnt any park where she can really enjoy, said Mias father.

Mia has a life-threatening condition, which also requires her to be in a wheelchair. Vasquez shares that they have to drive to Concord or Palo Alto to visit an all-abilities play area. [The play area] wouldnÕt be just for Mia, it would be for other kids as well, he adds.

Angels Flying over the Pacific Ocean

Art is a universal language which speaks across all perceived barriers. Spanning years, cultures, and experiences, art has the power to unite and move, creating understanding and connection. And sometimes arts ambassadors come in the smallest of forms.

Fremont Main Library welcomes six young artists from China (ages six to 12) who will be sharing their artwork in Angels Flying over the Pacific Ocean, on display in the Childrens Area outside the Storytime Theatre from February 13 through March 13. Five of the artists also wrote and illustrated their own storybooks, copies of which will be donated to the Alameda County Library System.

The opening ceremony and reception on February 13 will introduce the artists and their 24 drawings, and kids can join them in creating a five-foot long piece of artwork as well as participate in reading stories.

The event is sponsored by the Newark-based US-China Culture & Communication Association, the Wuhan Muma Childrens Museum of Fine Arts, and the Fremont Main Library Childrens Department. The mission of the US-China Culture & Communication Association states: To build a better future for Chinese-Americans, we strive to promote the exchange of culture, arts and enhance communications between the US and China.

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