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LAUNCH OF “KIDS Playing For KIDS”: The Program

FanFaire Foundation is proud to have partnered with POINT LOMA CREDIT UNION in promoting the love of music among the children of San Diego County. The partnership made possible the FREE Family mini-concert that launched the KIDS PLAYING FOR KIDS program in celebration of National ARTS Month on Friday October 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm at the Carlsbad branch of Point Loma Credit Union. Below is the program:



3:30 pm October 28, 2011
Point Loma Credit Union
6971 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009

ALEXIS NG, cello
Minuet in G – Johann Sebastian Bach

A solo piece – Johann Sebastian Bach

Country Garden Dance – Traditional Folk Song
A Patriotic Piece – Anon
Fifteen – Taylor Swift

ELIJAH & His String Quartet
[Elijah Grote, Allan Huang, Christopher Wong, Jonathan Wong]
1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Paragon Rag – Scott Joplin
3. Memory – Lloyd Webber
4. A Duo – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
5. Cello Suite – Johann Sebastian Bach
6. Czardas – Monti
7. Four Seasons: Winter – Antonio Vivaldi
8. Brandenburg Concerto No.3 – Johann Sebastian Bach
9. Master Commander – Movie music
10.Yesterday – The Beatles
11. Medley – Various

View a VIDEO of excerpted highlights. Surely, you’ll agree that the mini-concert was a pre-Halloween treat that was a lot of FUN for families with young children.


Alexis Ng
Alexis is a 3rd grader at the Cambridge School. Her favorite subjects are ancient history, Latin and religion. Alexis is an active member of the San Diego Music Ministry. She enjoys reading and spending time with her brother and friends.

Emily Balderrama
Emily is a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School who loves, plays and teaches the cello with a passion. She plans to major in Cello Performance when she goes to college.

Alina Gonzalez
Alina is a sophomore at Valley Center High School. She is Co-President of Writer’s Circle, an active member of CSF, and a bassist for the Valley Center Symphony and the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra (Symphony). Alina enjoys baking, reading, writing, and volunteering with her church’s Youth Leadership Team, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and FanFaire Foundation.

She started playing her bass in 4th grade but fell in love with the instrument in 2nd grade. Alina doesn’t believe that there’s a start or expiration date when it comes to learning an instrument – if you love how it sounds or how you play it then you should just give it a go. She also doesn’t mind recommending that kids play the bass; it may seem like a huge instrument but it’s one of the most important ones.

Elijah Grote
Elijah is currently a sophomore student at San Diego State University. He is majoring in Music Performance and Biology on a 4 year scholarship.

Elijah has been practicing the cello since he was 9 years old. His current cello instructor, Yau Zhou, is the principal cellist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
When not working on his music-and-biology degree, Elijah loves to go surfing and traveling. He traveled and performed with the Civic Youth Orchestra in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. He has also performed with the San Diego Youth Symphony Orchestra for several years and attended the International Symphony Summer Camp. Elijah has won many cello competitions and hopes to travel to China and Taiwan next year for another music event.

Allan Huang
Allan Huang is a 12 year-old 8th grader at Diegueno Middle School in Encinitas. He has been playing the violin for 7 years, and plays first violin in the Young Artist Symphony. He is also an active Boy Scout in Troop 777. One of his favorite high adventure activities with the troop is backpacking. He also enjoys playing chess and hanging out with his buddies.

Christopher Wong
Sixteen year old Christopher Wong is a junior at Carlsbad Seaside Academy. He has played the viola for over 4 years and studies with Hernan Constantino. He is the principal violist for the San Diego Young Artists Symphony (YAS). He has been featured in pre-concert events with the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart as a member of the Impromptu String Quartet of YAS. He won 2nd place in the San Diego County Fair Oratorical Competition on a topic promoting classical music, and was awarded 3rd place in the 2011 VOCE competition. Christopher plays for his church weekly, and in his spare time enjoys reading, playing football, and biking with his family.

Jonathan Wong
Jonathan is 14 years old. He enjoys studying the violin with Hernan Constantino and has played in master classes with Barbara Barber and Philip Quint. He is the concertmaster for the the San Diego Young Artists Symphony and leader of the Impromptu String Quartet which has been featured in several San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart pre-concert everns. He recently won second place in the 2011 VOCE Competition. Jonathan will attend Carlsbad Seaside Academy this Fall as a freshman. He plays for his church weekly, enjoys ping-pong, tennis, and football. He hopes to study dentistry in the future.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Another “Kids Playing for Kids” mini-concert happens on December 16 at PLCU – Kearny Mesa: 9420 Farnham St. San Diego, CA 92123. Exact time / program TBA.



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