“Target Free Second Sunday” performances at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. feature works from Baroque to Hollywood / Bach to Slonimsky; made possible with the generous support of Fields Pianos.
FanFaire Foundation showcased members of its “KIDS Playing For KIDS” program in two performances on “Target Free Second Sunday” at the Orange County Museum of Art on July 8, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This free event launched the organization’s activities in Orange County. The young artists, who played duos and solo pieces by a variety of classical and modern composers, amazed and entertained an admiring audience of children and their families who came to the Museum to enjoy the arts and participate in various hands-on art activities. The following comments show how warmly the Kids Playing For Kids Program was received by the audience:
Classical music performance by FanFaire kids were just fabulous!
I enjoyed classical music played by FanFaire kids.
We loved the FanFaire Foundation event.
Amazing. I like the Kids Playing For Kids program
Very amazed at those kids.
I love kids playing for kids program.
Love the music and interaction of music and art.
- Source: Orange County Museum of Art Survey Form
Ranging in age from six to sixteen, these young artists from San Diego and Orange Counties are among the Southland’s best and brightest musical talents, many of them having winners in both local and international competitions. One has performed in recital at Carnegie Hall with other young competition winners from all over the world. Quite a few play multiple instruments and have performed with or are members of various youth orchestras.
The performers (pianists, violinists, violists, cellist and French horn player) have been presented by FanFaire Foundation at many other events as excellent role models for their peers, as indeed they are. These gifted youngsters have exhibited talents beyond the musical. Typically A-students, they also excel in science and mathematics—accomplishments quite in sync with the organization’s mission to nurture through music and science appreciation programs the kind of creativity much needed in today’s science-based economy.
This mission is based on the documented link between knowledge of music and academic achievement, particularly in science and mathematics as best exemplified by the famous physicist Albert Einstein who throughout his life was also an amateur violinist and humanitarian. In addition to performing at musical events, some of these rising stars share their passion for music and science with the community by regularly tutoring young children and by volunteering and playing for patients at hospitals. Young role models extraordinaire, indeed!
We thank our community partner, the Orange County Museum of Art, for hosting this event,
and Fields Pianos for generously providing the piano and their unwavering support, and FanFaire Foundation’s official piano tuner, Mark E. Adams, for his professional services.
Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach is located at 850 San Clemente Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $12/adults; $10/seniors and students; children under twelve and OCMA members are free; the second Sunday of each month is free; there is no charge for parking. All facilities are handicapped accessible. For more information call (949) 759-1122 or visit www.ocma.net
About the Orange County Museum of Art
The Orange County Museum of Art is the premier visual arts museum in Orange County, California, located one hour south of Los Angeles in the city of Newport Beach. The museum’s program of dynamic solo exhibitions and landmark group shows links historical and contemporary art and ideas, bridges local and global perspectives, and embraces a diverse array of cultural activities and media. The museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of a diverse and changing community through modern and contemporary art.