SBSO Outreach Trio Concerts 2013-2014
This popular music series features outreach performances by
members of your San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra in exciting
locations throughout the Inland Empire! Please visit us on the web at www.sanbernardinosymphony.org for outreach locations and times.
Thank you for supporting the Outreach Trio performances.
|The Symphony has been busily engaged in our community and region this summer through the new Sensational Strings Youth Outreach Project. This exciting new program brings professional Symphony trios to community based after school programs to present dynamic and entertaining string trio performances. It also gives kids the inspiring opportunity to play stringed instruments themselves. The official goals of the program are to demonstrate the relevance of classical music in participants lives’, raise their cultural literacy, and motivate them to become more musically involved—though most of the kids and adults who attend think Sensational Strings is just a plain lot of fun! To date Sensational Strings has been presented at The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, Catholic Charities Hope in the City Program, Childhelp, The Fontana Boys & Girls Club, The Home of Neighborly Service, Micah House at the Burrage Mansion, Redlands Family Service Association, and youth programs of the San Bernardino Community Centers. If you are interested in scheduling Sensational Strings at an agency in your area, please contact the Symphony office. Funding for Sensational Strings has been provided by the Community Foundation Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and the James Irvine Foundation.
SAN BERNARDINO SYMPHONY VISITS CHILDREN AT MERV GRIFFIN VILLAGE
BY ARLENE ZOUMBOS, VILLAGE LIAISON
Wednesday, September 7 was not just another hot summer day at the Village...A trio of professional musicians visited from the San Bernardino Symphony. Called the “Sensational Strings,” they set up their music stands and about 50 children marched in to find a seat. One dark haired boy, about ten, loudly pronounced that this would be “Borrrr-ing.” He had the air of one who knew a great deal about everything there was to know about such things in the world.
Then the trio started to play: tunes from the movies, TV, operas and traditional folk melodies familiar to the kids. Ana Maria Maldonado, cellist with the trio, gave an animated and understandable explanation, immediately involving the children. Following the performance, the children were invited to try an instrument with the help of the trio and Childhelp volunteers. The dark haired boy was one of the first, and tried both the cello and the violin. He pronounced the event, “too cool” and wanted to stay. After the children left, the Childhelp volunteers took a turn with the instruments. It would be hard to say which group had the most fun.