Por/By Carlos Hernández
Más de 2.800 estudiantes de 35 escuelas diferentes del condado de Santa Bárbara disfrutaron de un concierto especial como parte del programa de “Conciertos para Jóvenes” de la Santa Barbara Symphony, el pasado jueves en el Teatro Granada. “Cada año tenemos más estudiantes que vienen al evento. Esto es estupendo, ya lo construimos a partir de sus necesidades”, indicó Amy Williams, Directora de Educación y Participación Comunitaria de la Sinfónica.
Los dos conciertos gratuitos, que iniciaron a las 10:00 am y las 11:30 am y duraron una hora cada uno, son una importante tradición en el sistema escolar del condado, la cual comenzó a ser celebrada hace más de 50 años.
Estudiantes de varios rincones del Condado de SB llenaron y disfrutaron de dos conciertos de la Sinfónica de SB el pasado jueves 15 de enero./ Students from various corners of SB County filled and enjoyed two concerts put on by the SB Symphony on Thursday January15./ EL LATINO
Así, alumnos de cuarto, quinto y sexto grado quienes llegaron escoltados por padres y maestros de Carpinteria, SB, Goleta, Santa Ynez y Buellton, disfrutaron de piezas musicales dirigidas por el director invitado Dirk Brossé y el trompetista Jon Lewis.
El programa se creó con el objetivo que los estudiantes mejoren habilidades de comunicación, de pensamiento analítico y de trabajo en grupo, mientras se realizan proyectos que exploran la música desde varios puntos de vista.
Brossé y Lewis lideraron el concierto que permitió la interacción con los estudiantes en un formato de entrevista, ya que el conductor le hacia diferentes preguntas al músico acerca de las múltiples trompetas que tenía en el escenario.
“¿Esas trompetas son hechas de oro? ¿Cómo suena una nota alta con esa trompeta? … ¿Y una nota baja… Una nota clásica ?”, cuestionaba el Maestro a Lewis.
Después de eso Lewis, quien es una leyenda en la industria del cine después de haber participado en más de 800 bandas sonoras en más de 30 años de su extensa carrera musical, tocó muchos géneros, incluyendo música clásica, jazz y hasta una pieza de mariachi.
Omar Valdez, fue uno de uno de los padres que acompañaron a sus hijos al concierto, y aseguró que era una gran oportunidad para que su hijo Jesee conociera y experimentará de primera mano la música de cámara.
“Mi hijo tiene 10 años y siempre ha tenido el talento musical. Él sólo comenzó a tocar el violín hace un par de semanas, así que tenía ganas de venir a ver y escuchar la sinfónica por primera vez”, explicó Valdez.
Agregó que este tipo de experiencias son las que crean recuerdos muy importantes en los niños que a veces inspiran a seguir una carrera musical más adelante en sus vidas.
Por su parte, Andrea Santana llegó con su hermana más pequeña Ana (9), quien asiste a la Escuela Canalino en Carpintería, aduciendo que la pequeña también tenía ganas de asistir por primera vez a la sinfónica en su corta vida.
“Creo que esto (el concierto) es tan maravilloso porque cuando estas pequeña como Ana, se sale del teatro sorprendida de lo que acabas de ver y sólo deseas ser como uno de ellos (la músicos)”, compartió Andrea, ahora 22 años, y quien tocó el saxofón y la trompeta desde que estaba en la escuela primaria hasta la secundaria cuando ella era parte de la banda escolar.
Andrea también dijo que, ella y su otra hermana habían inspirado a Ana en aprender a tocar el saxo.
“Creo que viéndonos practicar en casa le motivaron a aprender música clásica”, manifestó Andrea.
El concierto terminó con Lewis tocando una canción Mariachi seguida de una de la temas musicales más emblemáticos de la historia del cine: Star Wars.
“¿Has oído hablar de una película llamada Star Wars? Bueno, yo era parte de la orquesta que creó la banda sonora de ésta”, dijo Lewis a los cientos de entusiasmados estudiantes que llenaban el hermoso Granada.
Over 2,800 students from 35 different schools from Santa Barbara County enjoyed a special concert as part of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s “Concerts for Young People” series, last Thursday at the Granada Theater.
“Every year we have more students coming to the event. This is great since we build it around their needs”, said Amy Williams, Director of Education & Community Engagement for the Symphony.
The two free concerts, which started at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and lasted an hour each, are an important tradition in the county’s school system and. The program started over 50 years ago.
El conductor de orquesta, Dirk Brossé y el trompetista Jon Lewis, lideraron el concierto mientras interactuaban con los entusiasmados asistentes. Lewis quien ha participado en la banda sonora de más de 800 películas, cerró el concierto con una de sus obras primas: Star Wars./ Orchestra director, Dirk Brossé and trumpeter Jon Lewis, led the concert while interacting with the enthusiastic attendees. Lewis who has participated in the soundtracks for more than 800 films, closed the concert with one of his master pieces: Star Wars./EL LATINO
The fourth, fifth and sixth graders that came escorted by parents and teachers from different schools from Carpinteria, SB, Goleta, Santa Ynez and Buellton, enjoyed musical pieces directed by guest conductor Dirk Brossé and guest trumpeter Jon Lewis.
The program is created with the goal that students gain communication, collaborative and critical thinking skills while working on projects that explore music from various viewpoints.
Mr. Brossé and Mr. Lewis led the concert that allowed interaction with the students in an interview format, when the conductor asked the musician different questions about the multiple trumpets that he had on stage.
“Are those trumpets made from gold? How does a high note sounds with that trumpet?… what about a low note? A classical note?,” the Maestro kept asking Mr. Lewis.
After that, Mr. Lewis who is a legend in the movie industry after participating in the creation of more than 800 soundtracks for movies in over 30 years of his extensive musical career, played many genres of music including classical, jazz and even mariachi.
Omar Valdez, was among one of the parents that accompanied their children to the concert, and said that it was a wonderful opportunity for his son Jesee to know and experience first hand symphonic music.
“My son is 10 years old and always has had the musical talent. He just started to play the violin so he was looking forward to coming to see and hear the Symphony for his very first time,” Mr. Valdez said.
He added that these kinds of experiences are the ones that create very important memories in kids that sometimes inspire them to follow a musical career later in their lives.
Andrea Santana came with her youngest sister Ana (9), who attends Canalino School in Carpinteria, and said that Ana was also looking forward to see the symphony for the first time in her short life.
“I think this (the concert) is so wonderful because when you are a little kid like Ana, you leave the theater amazed at what you just saw and you just want to be like one of them (the musicians),” said Andrea, now 22 years old, who played the sax and the trumpet from the time she was in elementary school until high school when she was part of the marching band.
Andrea also said that she has now inspired Ana to learn to play the sax.
“I think watching us practicing at home motivated her to also learn how to play a musical instrument,” said Sofia.
The concert ended with Mr. Williams playing a Mariachi song followed by one of the most iconic theme songs in history: Star Wars.
“Have you heard about this movie called Star Wars? Well, I was part of the orchestra that created the score for this movie,” said Mr. Lewis to the hundreds of excited students that filled the beautiful Granada.
We start with a question and end with a drop of blood.
A question to my female readers: In 25 words or less, what makes your brain stand out and what is most important about it to you?
While your cognitive wheels are grinding, here’s how other women responded.
“My brain contains my essence. It is what makes me, ME. It contains all of my hopes, desires, dreams and memories. It is my compass.” ???
“My brain is storing memories to recite to my mother as Alzheimer’s robs her memories.”
These responses, and mine, are posted at https://mybrain.alz.org. The MY BRAIN Movement was formed to raise awareness that Alzheimer’s is predominantly a women’s disease:
Nearly two-thirds of the 5.2 million U.S. seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s are women.
A 65-year-old woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s is twice that of a man.
Sixty percent of the 16 million caring for someone with Alzheimer’s are women.
Strange that awareness needs to be raised about the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Actually it would rank higher on the list but it wasn’t until about 15 years ago that new reporting policies permitted listing Alzheimer’s as a cause of death. This significant change in reporting led to more accurate statistics of Alzheimer’s-related deaths resulting in an increase of 68 percent between 2000 and 2010.
Soon Alzheimer’s will meet the definition of an epidemic. Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented. By 2050 the number of 65+ year-olds with Alzheimer’s may nearly triple to 16 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs.
Last month, ironically Alzheimer’s Awareness month, a group of Japanese scientists made a significant breakthrough toward developing a measure to detect signs of Alzheimer’s long before patients show symptoms. They discovered a cognitive function-destroying protein that accumulates inside the brain in a location that could be the genesis of Alzheimer’s in our bodies.
The way to check for this? Through a lab test from a single drop of blood.
What baffles me is how this trailblazing find that could lead to a cure only made it to the back pages of newspapers and the “oh, by the way” blurbs of some broadcasts.
Granted, nothing will happen immediately. Like most research, this preliminary finding has run into a tsunami of scientific skepticism. And scientists involved in the discovery are looking at a minimum of five years before they can roll out more conclusive testing.
Until then, the MY BRAIN movement needs our brains to fight Alzheimer’s. Join their effort in having one million women engaging in a national dialogue about this devastating disease and its effect on all our lives.
And speaking of brains, here is my 25-word answer to the question about what is most important about my brain to me:
It is the soul of my existence here and forever more.
Until next time…keep thinking the good thoughts.
By Rona Barrett | Published on 01.21.2015 12:30 p.m.
With the weather being as strange as it is — summer one day, winter the next, spring in bloom, then winter once again — we who are advancing through our senior years have a tougher time dealing with this wacky weather than our younger brethren. Let me tell you the kind of phone calls I get from my many friends.
“Is your body going wacky?” a girlfriend said the other morning. “Do you wake up in the middle of the night, three or four times, and have to run to the easement room because your bladder can’t stand it another minute?”
Another barely said hello before she lamented, “I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. I went to the doctor but he couldn’t find a thing wrong. He wasn’t looking in the right places! How can you go to sleep at night feeling fine and the next morning you have this huge lump on your behind? It must be cancer! What am I going to do?”
And still another: “I hurt all over. My knees are just killing me. I can’t stand the thought of having a knee replacement, but it’s so difficult for me to get on my horse these days.”
And this happened just the other day to a friend who is a fine author: “How are you, my friend?”
“Don’t ask. I went to the doctor yesterday and he tells me I’m borderline diabetic. Can I help it if I like ice cream? How could I be diabetic? I only weigh 140 pounds and I’m 4’11”. Do you think I’m fat? And my poor Henry, he woke up yesterday morning and two of his big toes were swollen. The doctor says he has gout.”
“But how’s your new book coming along?
“Oh, thanks for asking,” she says. ‘It’s the only thing that keeps me going. Except I think I’m going to have a heart attack!”
“A heart attack!” I say. “Then what about the book?”
“Oh forget that, I’m too worried about my diabetes.”
In speaking to another person before I could ask how he was he blurts out, “I think I’m going blind. I had cataracts removed and I still can’t see a thing. What’s going on with me?”
What’s going on, my friends, is that we’re advancing in our senior years, and whether you’re a young 65 or mature 85, these are the ailments that begin to happen to all of us — even if we haven’t been sick a day in our lives.
Who am I to say don’t worry about your aches and pains? I have mine. But what I do know is that once you realize you are not alone in your advancement through your senior years, you just say to yourself, “You know what? I’m still here this morning and I’ve survived another night!”
Give yourself a big slap on the back because surviving is the name of the game.
I think Bette Davis said it best: “Getting older ain’t for sissies.”
And for the weather be glad you’re living in the West.
Until next time … keep thinking the good thoughts.
— For more than 30 years, Rona Barrett was a pioneering entertainment reporter, commentator and producer. Since 2000, she has focused her attention and career on the growing crisis of housing and support for our aging population. She is the founder and CEO of the Rona Barrett Foundation, the catalyst behind Santa Ynez Valley’s first affordable senior housing, the Golden Inn & Village. Contact her at[email protected]. The opinions expressed are her own.
By Kelly Kapaun for the Santa Barbara Symphony | Published on 01.21.2015 9:34 a.m.
Last Thursday, nearly 2,600 elementary school students from all over Santa Barbara County took a musical journey with the Santa Barbara Symphony as a part of its Concerts for Young People.
Guest conductor Dirk Brossé and guest trumpet soloist Jon Lewis explored the influential role of the trumpet on many genres of music, including jazz, mariachi, liturgical and symphonic.
Students traveled through the history of music in a live performance conducted by Brossé. The two one-hour concerts were provided free by prior arrangement and were performed at the Granada Theatre.
For over 50 years the Santa Barbara Symphony has been introducing fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to the wonders of the orchestra through Concerts for Young People. This program is child-friendly and allows for interaction between students and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. Concerts for Young People are free to both students and teachers.
For more information or to help support the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education programs, click here or call Amy Williams at 805.898.8785.
— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing the Santa Barbara Symphony.
Join Hospice of Santa Barbara for its next art exhibition and open house to enjoy wine, refreshments, and Diana Valdez’s art exhibit, entitled “Ocean of Souls,” a work inspired by the healing journey after the loss of her father.
Diana Valdez developed a passion for art and music at an early age. For over 20 years, she studied piano and traveled the world with her family. This inspired her to attend The American InterContinental University, a private art school in Los Angeles. After graduating in 1993, she worked for Delta Music as their Graphic Designer and as a Floral Designer and Wedding & Event Planner for 5 Star Hotels. Valdez’s work has been displayed at MichaelKate, Coffee Cat’s First Thursday, Bikram, and some private homes. This is Valdez’s fifth show and third solo exhibition.
Twenty-five percent of the show’s sale proceeds will be donated to Hospice of Santa Barbara.
Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Leigh Block Gallery at Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara
Exhibition Dates: February 11, 2015 – April 30, 2015
For more information, please call Hospice of Santa Barbara at (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.