FanFaire Foundation launched its “BRING KIDS TO THE CONCERT”/MUSIC APPRECIATION PROGRAM with “SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH THE ROSSETTI PIANO TRIO” held on May 16, 2010 at the acoustically superb* Neurosciences Institute Auditorium in La Jolla. In this program, the Foundation, in partnership with local businesses as well as interested individual community members, gives a certain number of FREE tickets to a MUSIC APPRECIATION concert to students and music teachers of participating schools.
The concerts in this series have a unique educational value in that they combine top-notch performance with artists’ commentaries on the concert pieces that encourage audience interaction. Through this program musically-inclined students are able to watch and listen to great music-making by artists of international renown performing in a world-class concert hall–providing them with an inspirational experience that will make a deep impression on their young minds, one that hopefully they will never forget. It is an excellent way of building classical music’s audience of tomorrow. (Read the TESTIMONIALS.)
FanFaire Foundation’s second Music Appreciation Concert, held once again at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium on October 3, 2010, introduced kids to opera. Entitled “Writing Opera Today“, the program was very special in that it featured one of today’s eminent composers of opera himself. The American composer Jake Heggie of “Dead Man Walking” fame, gave an exposition of his own works, with renowned mezzo -soprano Suzanna Guzman singing some of Heggie’s songs and arias from his operas.
In February 2012, FanFaire Foundation participated in San Diego Opera’s “Students’ Night at the Opera” program, bringing some thirty high school students from various San Diego magnet schools to the final dress rehearsal of the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s new epic opera “MOBY-DICK”. It was their first attendance at an opera for most of the students, and it was made even more special because they had a chance to meet the composer himself.
FanFaire Foundation’s first “Bring Kids to the Concert/Opera” program has been supported by the following local businesses: