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[News-Press] Music’s cause trumpeted for young ears

January 16, 2015

On Thursday morning, all was not status quo around the 1200 block of State Street. Passersby may have been startled by the sight of a friendly invasion of school children, an orderly pileup of small people lining the sidewalks between Anapamu and Victoria streets, with a caravan of yellow school buses circling the block surrounding the Granada Theatre.

It was all for a good and culturally worthy cause, part of the Santa Barbara Symphony's "Concerts for Young People" series, in which busloads of elementary age children from around the area - in this case, 2,600 children brought in on field trips from 33 local schools - are given exposure to the workings of a real, live symphony orchestra.


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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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