ELM celebrated their annual spring concert on May 20, 2017. We enjoyed the evening performance at Mt. Tam United Methodist Church in Mill Valley. This was our biggest concert yet that included: an Orff Ensemble, 40 member Chorus, 11 piece Parent Ukulele Ensemble, and an All ELM Orchestra of 65 instrumentalists. We played numerous folk songs from around the world like Aya Ngena (South African), Cielito Lindo (Mexican), and Ho Ho (Japanese). Our Advanced Chamber Orchestra rounded off the concert with selections from J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Zequinha de Abreu; and then our combined orchestras, chorus, and parent ukulele ensemble gave us a lively and inspirational finale to close the concert. What a phenomenal way to end our 2016-2017 season.
St. Luke Church in San Rafael will host their Spring Fling, a kid-friendly event, from 1-3pm on May 13, 2017. There will be food, raffle prizes, games, and activities for kids. Our 5th grade San Pedro violin class will perform a few songs to kick off the festivities. Proceeds will benefit ELM.
On May 18, 2017 our middle school string players and high school flute students will perform for the Marin IJ Lobby Lounge at the Marin Civic Center. The second annual concert will showcase Marin's most talented student musicians, including select ELM students. Purchase tickets in advance here.
ELM and the Lark Theater in Downtown Larkspur hosted a wonderful night of music, film, and of course free popcorn! On April 17, 2017, some our high school flute students and our 4th grade cello class from San Pedro Elementary performed pre-movie music, and then we watched the inspirational film Landfill Harmonic. All ticket sales went to fund the ELM Scholarship Program. Many thanks to all the staff at the Lark Theater for a great night.
On Saturday March 4, 2017, "Twilight Concert on the Bay" was held in Tiburon, CA. It was an elegant evening of stunning views and music with world renowned musicians from the SF Opera- Beni Shinohara, Victoria Ehrlich, and with special guests Maiko Nishio, and Haruka Fujii. All net proceeds went to the ELM Scholarship Fund.
ELM was awarded a grant at Marin Charitable's Annual Grant Ceremony on February 2, 2017 and Jane Kramer was one of the keynote speakers. The funds will be used for our middle school string and wind programs - started this year with funds from Marin Charitable. "Marin Charitable's believes that every child deserves the opportunity to have a happy and fulfilling childhood. Marin Charitable provides grants to organizations that offer critical support, education and enrichment for school-aged children in Marin County with limited opportunities." Thank you Marin Charitable for honoring Jane Kramer for her passionate work to serve Marin youth through Enriching Lives through Music! http://www.marincharitable.org/
ELM students, staff, and families were treated to a delightful performance by Midori on January 28, 2017. Her presentation included duets with her student and guest violinist from USC Thornton School of Music. They played Bach Partita No. 3, and ended with Mozart's Turkish March arranged for two violins. We are grateful to the Marin Symphony for arranging the visit. It was an exciting performance!
Five ELM students were chosen to sing on a song, written by Andre Pessis and Tony Lindsay in collaboration with the Canal Alliance on the recording of the campaign music video "Get the Picture." They spent a Saturday afternoon recording their lively part in the Andre's music studio. The music video was screened at the Panel Discussion on Immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on January 30, 2017 from 5:30-7:00pm, at Dominican University of California and has been shown in many venues around the county. "Get the Picture" is now available on iTunes and Youtube.
Jane Kramer, ELM founder and executive director, is the recipient of the 2016-17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for her outstanding efforts in the area of human and civil rights. Jane has selected Enriching Lives Through Music to receive the award stipend. The Marin Community Foundation and the Marin Human Rights Commission honored her on January 12, 2017 during an awards ceremony at Marin Civic Center.
ELM students played again at the beautiful Throckmorton Theatre, in Mill Valley on December 18, 2016 to a full house. It was the biggest ELM concert yet, and Jane was presented with the Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award. What a joyous afternoon of classical, holiday, and Latin favorites to fill our hearts with cheer. Photos courtesy of Tim Porter.
Jane Kramer, ELM's founder and Executive Director, will be awarded the 2016 Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award on Sunday December 18th. Executive Director Miko Lee, of Youth in Arts, will present Jane with the award at the ELM Winter Concert taking place at Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley from 12-1pm.
Click here for the Youth In Arts Press Release
Robert Brewer Young, Luthier, and the Open String Foundation provided an extraordinary morning workshop to some of our parents of string players. The parents learned how to do basic maintenance and repairs on the instruments including basic instrument set up, adjusting pegs and bridges, fine tuning strings, and identifying damage and how to glue opened seams. The parents had a wonderful time, and we look forward to him coming back very soon to do another workshop!
Five of our students were accepted to the National Take A Stand Festival, a seven day summer music intensive at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival. Take A Stand, a program founded by the LA Philharmonic, is specifically geared towards students from El Sistema inspired programs across the country. After a rigorous audition process, five of our students were accepted, and they were flown out to Colorado in June for the festival. For most of them this was the first time they had ever flown, and when they arrived they had a chance to meet several other students from similar programs across the US. This was an incredible opportunity for musical growth, learning, and connection. The students had a wonderful time, and we couldn't be more proud. Jane even flew out to Colorado to see their final performance (video here). Here's looking at next year!
All three levels of our students - Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok - played a beautiful concert filled with favorites from the Classical repertoire as well as fun new arrangements of latin music and contemporary film music. We played at the Mt.Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley, a space well-loved by the greatest classical musicians that have passed through Mill Valley. The hall was absolutely packed, and ELM couldn't have been more proud. Here's looking at another new year that's even better!
Our two most advanced clarinet students were accepted to the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp this summer with full scholarships. We can't wait to hear how much they will have improved!
Our conductor, Juan Felipe Molano from the LA Philharmonic, flew up for a full weekend of rehearsals, workshops, and performances at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera. The students and families were so happy, and we shared a beautiful potluck after the final concert. After this weekend, we can already tell that our final concert on June 12th is going to be spectacular!
Our ELM Beethoven string players played a concert for MCSV and Gavin Newsom in May, and we made a lot of new friends that day. Thank you for having us!
ELM has been invited to participate in one of the most long-standing musical traditions that the Bay Area has to offer. Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, a secluded camp and performance space near the Russian River, has been a significant part of the Bay Area music scene since 1957, partnering with the SF Symphony, SF Opera Orchestra, SF Ballet Orchestra, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, among countless other reputable Bay Area music groups and programs. More than 100,000 young musicians have gone to Cazadero to participate in this transformative program, and now it's ELM's turn.
Enriching Lives through Music has been rapidly increasing its reach and capacity, and people are noticing. Cazadero Performing Arts Camp offers a three-day intensive program for exceptional public school music programs called JumpStart in Music, and ELM has the opportunity to take fifty students to Caz for this program at the end of May.
We have invited several guest musicians for workshops and masterclasses. Conductor Juan Felipe Molano is even flying out from Los Angeles for this music weekend with ELM. There will be a faculty recital, a talent show, group hikes among the redwoods, campfire songs, and s'mores, among other nature-oriented, community-building activities. This is the first time ELM has been able to take the students on a musical excursion like this. It will be an incredibly inspiring weekend for the students. We can't wait! To donate and help a student go to Caz, go to this link: www.gofundme.com/ELMatCaz
ELM students played a special performance before the Rafael Theater's screening of the inspiring Landfill Harmonic documentary.
To learn more about the Landfill Harmonic please visit their website: http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com/