Last January concert pianist Audrey Vardanega founded a nonprofit called Musiacs of the Bay to present top-tier chamber music concerts to Bay Area audiences and encourage talented music students from less affluent backgrounds to realize that they can have a life in music too. On Sept. 20, ELM students will join Musaics in the first of three concerts at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. Read Full Article
At a time when fear stalks immigrant communities across the country, young Hispanic musicians from San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood and from a Central Valley farm town came together in a Marin recording studio to proudly celebrate their shared culture and heritage, playing mariachi music for a new album that will be showcased at a CD release concert this weekend.…continue reading here.
Smiling students and teachers with Enriching Lives through Music poured out of the brightly colored van parked outside of the Marin Community Foundation last month. They’d arrived to perform a special concert for MCF staff in appreciation of a dream come true…continue reading here.
An instrumental ensemble featuring six of the original students in the Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM) program in the Canal Neighborhood of San Rafael showed how far they’ve come as musicians over the past decade, turning in a dynamic performance of classical music in the IJ Lobby Lounge… Read the full article here.
Marin Women’s Hall of Fame talk by Jane Kramer March 29, 2018
This is a story in three parts of three women who changed my life through their courage, commitment and community. Courage When I was seven years old, I spent a few nights in the hospital. One morning the most elegant woman I had ever seen walked into my hospital room. Wearing emerald colors and a wide brimmed hat, she handed me - not the usual stuffed animal gift, but a coral and pink conch shell. “Hold it to your ear”, she said, and I did. “Listen to the sounds of the sea”, she said, and I did. I did not know at the time that my elegant friend, Ruth Greenfield would become my life-long mentor... continue reading
Jane Kramer, Executive Director of ELM, along with four other women were inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame on March 29, 2018. The event honored their accomplishments as leaders in the county. Read more in the Marin Independent Journal.