ELM Students Join Concert Pianist Audrey Vardanega at Musaics of the Bay

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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

Classical kids from San Rafael’s Canal branch out into mariachi music on new album

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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.

We never know when we meet someone who will profoundly shift the course of our orbit in the world.

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