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[Newspress] Kids enjoy Santa Barbara Symphony

February 08, 2013

By Jordan Ecarma, News-Press staff write

More than 2,500 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders crowded the Granada Theatre on Thursday morning to hear performances of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Concert for Young People.

“It’s completely exciting to welcome them and see the entire house full of students,” said Amy Bassett, director of education and community development with the Santa Barbara Symphony. “You have students from all over Santa Barbara County here.”

The Santa Barbara Symphony has presented the Concerts for Young People series, which introduces children to classical music, for more than 50 years.

Cinthia Avila, 10, and Michelle Alba, 9, didn’t mind missing math class to attend their first concert at the Granada Theatre.

“I’m excited,” Cinthia told the News-Press.


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[Noozhawk] Youth Symphony Concert to Feature DP Student Joel Yan as Violin Soloist

January 31, 2013

By Kelly Kapuan, Publicist

Experience the talented young musicians of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in the 2013 spring concert.

Under Music Director Andy Radford, violin soloist Joel Yan will perform Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Opus 70 by Antonín Leopold Dvořák.

The Youth Symphony will also perform Aaron Copland’s Billy at the Rodeo, Franz Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in G Major and Russian Easter Festival Overture, Opus 36 by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at First Presbyterian Church.


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