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Children's Concerts

Fremont Symphony Orchestra

Fremont Symphony Orchestra Children's Concerts


On Tuesday morning, March 21, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will present its 43rd annual Children's Concerts, which have given thousands of school-age children from public and private schools an opportunity to hear live symphonic music by a professional orchestra. Matilda Hofman, award-winning conductor of Diablo Symphony, Empyrean Ensemble and Festival Opera, will lead the orchestra. The concerts are open to the public, free of charge.

The program will feature a performance by one of FSO's Young Artist Competition winners, 11-year-old Vivian Wang, who will perform the first movement of Bach's Piano Concerto No. 1. Other works include excerpts from Stravinsky's Firebird and John Williams' Harry Potter film scores. A unique feature of the Children's Concerts, dating from its earliest years, is performance of original compositions by 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students from Fremont public and private schools. Each school submits one tune; several of the best are then selected, professionally orchestrated and performed at the concerts. This year's winning compositions:

Slithering Space Snake by Isabella Danner-Vera, Parkmont
Falling Snow by Adrish Kar, Ardenwood
Snowflake the Bunny by Michelle Chan, Warm Springs
Pink Dinosaurs by Tien Nguyen, St. Joseph
A Square Dance by Alison Lau, Vallejo Mill
Night Owl by Sahana Hariharan, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Peaceful Dreams by Wang Yuxi Yang, Blacow
Rush!! by Oliver Corro, Durham

The concerts will be held at 10:15 and 11:45 in Epler Gymnasium at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd., easily accessed from the parking garage at the south end of the Fremont campus. They are produced in partnership with the Fremont Unified School District and Ohlone College, and are supported in part by the Rotary Club of Niles, Rotary Club of Fremont, Kiwanis Club of Fremont, Optimist Club of Newark, Citizens for Better Community, Music Teachers Association of Southern Alameda County and the Fremont Cultural Arts Council.

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