Livermore concert aims to help Valley wounded
CDT, October 1, 2013 On Sunday, December 8th, at 1:00pm, the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance and director, Gina Detienne, will perform a concert of holiday songs and other classical favorites. Sunday’s concert performance will include holiday carols by the Youth Strings, and Vivaldis Sinfonia in C by the Academy Orchestra. In addition, a presentation of Once upon a December from the movie Anastasia will be performed by both orchestras. Admission to the concert is free. The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora. (Parking lot is behind the church on Garfield Ave.). Donations are accepted. The Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance is the umbrella organization for the Fox Valley Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will be performing a Do-It-Yourself (sing-along) Messiah and other holiday music at a 3:00pm concert. Both concerts are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For more information on this and future events, visit the Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance website at www.fvacademy.org, or call 630-476-9072.
Music director Christoph Eschenbach at the National Symphony Orchestras season opener Sunday night. (Scott Suchman/National Symphony Orchestra) I want to thank the federal government for paying for it, Rubenstein told the audience Sunday night. And I want to thank the painters for finishing before tomorrow night. The timing, he admitted to laughter, was dumb luck. The gala concert was scheduled more than a year ago, so the $1 million repair and paint job (white, silver, and gold, which nicely matched the NSOs gleaming new organ) was completed over the summer long before a government shutdown threatened the national arts complex. Yo-Yo Ma and Cameron Carpenter. (Margot Schulman) The Kennedy Center has an unusual relationship with the feds: The government pays for the building, grounds and upkeep; private donations pay for performances, staff and other programs, explained spokesman John Dow. The shutdown contingency plans allow concerts, shows and educational programs to continue, but tours will be suspended and the building closed until an hour before evening performances. Of the centers 1,200 full and part-time employees, about 50 are directly impacted by the government going out of business. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts chats with Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein at the gala. (Margot Schulman) Which gave the annual NSO gala a certain fin de siecle vibe: VIP patrons (including Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy) in gowns and tuxedos, a post-performance dinner and dancing in a candlelit tent, music lovers clustered around cellist Yo-Yo Ma, organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter (steampunk classical in a mohawk, feathered Victorian cravat and rhinestone boots), and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. The gala, chaired by former General Dynamics president Jay Johnson and Sydney Johnson, raised $1.3 million for the NSOs educational programs. Oh, and Rubenstein has a proposal for those warring factions on the Hill. As all of you have heard, music can be beautiful, he said. It can soothe people and make them feel better. So wed like to invite all 535 members of Congress to come tomorrow for a concert.
10, will feature a concert by Kenny Loggins at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. Actor Joe Mantegna, who met Ross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, rearranged his “Criminal Minds” shooting schedule to emcee, and American Idol finalist Lacey Brown will perform. The concert is the brainchild of George Bowen, who met Ross through his son, a fellow Marine. He originally proposed a small concert, but four local groups — VFW 6298, American Legion Post 235, Valley Veterans Foundation of Livermore and Pleasanton Military Families — decided to collaborate, and it grew into a larger effort. “This idea was a magnet,” Bowen said. “The community coalesced around it.” The Stand Up and Play Foundation a nationwide organization that assists people with impaired mobility is partnering with the local groups to present the event. The Gary Sinise Foundation provided a sizable donation, and numerous other people and groups, from the San Francisco 49’ers and Giants to corporate sponsors Chevron and Safeway to the Wente Vineyards staff members and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department medics who will donate their time, are also contributing. “We’ve been really happy people responded,” said Pat Frizzell, chairwoman of Pleasanton Military Families. “We’re excited it just took off. We just hope people attend so it’s a big success for our wounded.” Bowen said the aim is to provide local wounded warriors with assistance for peripheral expenses, such as the higher utility bills amputees might incur because their body temperature is more difficult to regulate and they must either run the air or heat constantly. “The key thing we’re financing are needs not met through government benefits,” he said. Wounded warriors who currently live, or who once lived in the Tri-Valley for at least five years, are eligible to apply for the grant money generated from the net proceeds of ticket sales. “They’ve lost so much,” said Mitzi Parr, a former Air Force sergeant who is organizing the concert’s volunteer efforts.