Friday, April 24, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS ‘Red Velvet Violin’ concert features music, puppets and storytelling

DHS Symphony2w

From left, Kim Davis, Beth Beam and Chris Carlson bring their marionettes to life as Anna Moreno reads "The Red Velvet Violin" during a rehearsal on Sunday. The group will perform, along with the Davis High Symphony Orchestra, at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

By
From page A9 | February 12, 2014 |

Check it out

What: Davis High School Symphony premiering “The Red Velvet Violin”

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for children, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., or the box office

The Davis High School Symphony’s annual Outreach Concert has become a popular family tradition — a one-hour, kid-friendly show with orchestral music, puppets and storytelling.

This year’s concert will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St.

And the program will feature the premiere of an original work — “The Red Velvet Violin,” with music composed by Ryan Suleiman, and direction by Art Gruenberger of the Puppet Art Theater Company. Kristen Phillips-Gray designed and created the accompanying puppets.

The family nature of the event will be evident on stage as well. Davis High conductor Angelo Moreno will lead the orchestra, while Anna Moreno, his mother, will narrate from a story that she wrote.

“The story of ‘The Red Velvet Violin’ began many years ago in the Napa Valley,” Angelo Moreno told The Enterprise. “As a young boy in elementary school, I studied violin … and my parents always taught me that my musical talent was a wonderful gift that should never be used for selfish reasons.

“My mother was a fourth-grade teacher for 25 years, and she was known for capturing the attention of hundreds of kids with her storytelling and charisma,” he added. “She was known to pack the public library on Saturday mornings with kids who came to sit and listen to her captivating tales.”

And young Angelo would bring his violin to provide musical accompaniment for his mother’s stories. “Now, some 30 years later, we are performing partners again.”

The Outreach Concert is meant to raise awareness about the music and arts program for future musicians who are currently at elementary and junior high school level. The music tends toward the light-hearted side, and can be enjoyed by any audience member, regardless of age or music taste.

For many, this concert acts as the perfect segue for kids vaguely interested in music to enter that excited stage that will propel them into a school music program. Junior Ellen Finn lists the outreach concert as one of the ways she got hooked into the Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association. It was a new and thrilling type of music for her child self, and she has stuck with it ever since.

“This event should show younger kids how cool playing an instrument can be and make them interested in playing the instruments themselves,” Finn said. “This way we can spread music to younger generations and possibly get them to join the great music program we have here at Davis High School.”

Junior Robin Chang looks forward to this concert due to its distinctive music played, which greatly differs from her past concerts.

“This piece was really fun to learn and I’m excited to share it with the kids as an orchestra,” Chang said. “It was especially written and composed for us which makes it unique.”

In addition to Saturday’s public performance, there are also four weekday performances attended by Davis elementary schoolchildren — those concerts draw about 2,000 children in all. Moreno said the concerts are made possible by a grant from Tandem Properties, support from the Chang Family Trust and the Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association.

The Saturday, Feb. 15, performance at 1 p.m. costs $10 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets are on sale at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., or at the Brunelle Hall box office. Donations also will be taken at the door.

— Enterprise staff writer Jeff Hudson contributed to this story.

Comments

comments

.

News

Water and power have a troubling interdependency

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
New design submitted for conference center

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Bob Dunning: Fairness is an afterthought for them

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Los Angeles march to commemorate Armenian killings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of ‘deadly mistakes’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Walkers head out three times weekly

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

 
Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Beginning tai chi classes start May 5

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
College Night set April 30 at DHS

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

School board hears report on health services

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

 
Tour of co-ops precedes Sacramento conference

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Mamajowali will perform at benefit house concert

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Explorit: Celebrate International Astronomy Day

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Learn basics of composting in Woodland

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Winkler Dinner raises funds for enology, viticulture activities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Raptor Center welcomes visitors at May 2 open house

By Trina Wood | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
Take a peek at region’s past at Tremont Mite Society’s social

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

BeerFest expands to include cider

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Mapping where human action is causing earthquakes

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A9

Hummingbird health: Appreciating the little things

By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

The fight for gender pay equity

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
Thanks for supporting the arts

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Bike Swap another success

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Drink is a tasteless insult

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

It’s a depressing beat

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
.

Sports

Rare DHS track loss still full of highlights

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Lehner talks about the UCD student-athlete experience

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

Reeling Blue Devils stop skid against Sheldon

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie Spring Game environment will up the gridiron fun factor

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DYSA roundup: Lester, Osborne lead Storm over Dixon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Lady Demons’ fundraiser a smash hit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Pro baseball roundup: River Cats lose their fourth straight

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B12

.

Features

.

Arts

 
‘Ex Machina': The perils of playing God

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Ceramicist works will be featured at The Artery

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Chamber expands Korean sister-city opportunities

By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Car Care: Tips for buying your first ATV

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

Subaru goes rear-wheel drive with sporty BRZ coupe

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, April 24, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B5