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[Noozhawk] Violinist Timothy Chooi Hits Just the Right Notes in Visit to Junior High School Class

March 15, 2014

20-year-old strings star captivates, inspires Santa Barbara Junior High students through music and his own personal story

Santa Barbara Junior High School students in teacher Karen Dutton’s third-period music class got a treat Friday morning when a star Canadian violinist playing an instrument worth $5 million gave them a private mini-performance.

Violinist Timothy Chooi stopped in to talk and play for about 12 students as part of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Musical Mentors Program, which gives local students a chance to interact with visiting musicians.


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[KEYT] Santa Barbara Students Get Special Violin Performance

March 14, 2014

Canadian violin star Timothy Chooi plays at Santa Barbara Junior High

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Young musicians in Santa Barbara get a special performance Friday from a Canadian violin star.

The Santa Barbara Symphony's Musical Mentors program brought Timothy Chooi to Santa Barbara Junior High to inspire students with his music.


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[Carpinteria Coastal View News] Music Van instrumental to education

January 08, 2014

A visit from Santa Barbara Symphony's Music Van had Aliso and Summerland School third-graders anxious to sample all the instrumetns that make the music in an orchestra. The students were able to test woodwinds, strings and bass to learn how the instruments produce music.


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Symphony’s Music Van Strikes a Chord with Students at Adams Elementary

November 27, 2013

On Tuesday, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Van visited Adams School in Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara Symphony Education Programs, which serve more than 4,500 local students each year, have begun “Music Van” visits to local primary schools. The Music Van, staffed by volunteers and filled with dozens of orchestral instruments, is a mobile workshop giving kids their first exposure to the classical music art form.


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Salutes Silver Screen

May 10, 2013

By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony will hold its final concert of the 2012-13 season at the unusual time of 7:30 p.m., on the unusual day of Friday and in the somewhat unusual venue of First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave.

The young musicians will be led by their music director, Andy Radford, and the featured soloist will be Dos Pueblos High School senior and cellist Laura Baldwin.

The program is bound to please. We’ll hear Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 in C-Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb/1; two selections from the film scores of John Williams (the main theme from The Empire Strikes Back and the “March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark); and carrying on the theme of movie music, the Symmphonic Suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s score for the now-forgotten Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé (1934).


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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Program Balances Color, Form

February 16, 2013

By Gerald Carpenter, Noozhawk Contributing Writer

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, conducted by music director Andy Radford, will offer its 2013 Spring Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 E. Constance St.

It is a tradition with the Youth Symphony that the Spring Concert features as soloists young musicians who have auditioned for both a position in the Youth Symphony and a position in front of it. This Spring’s winner is violinist Joel Yan.

Scherzo from Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in d-minor, Opus 70, Aaron Copland’s Billy at the Rodeo (a composite work combining sections of Billy the Kid and Rodeo), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture, Opus 36, and Franz Josef Haydn’s Concerto No. 4 in G-Major for Violin and Orchestra (Hob. VIIa:4), with Yan as soloist.


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