Talent Education Center will be particpating in the Irvine Global Village 2011 on October 1st.
Dear Mayor Kang:
Thank you again from the Suzuki Violin students at TEC and SASS. We very much appreciate having the opportunity to play for the Irvine City Council Meeting. Even Dr. Suzuki looks pleased. You make Irvine great by including young people like us. We also had a great time at the Irvine Global Village Festival.
This last Saturday from 10-6, on Oct. 3 a number of violin students from both Talent Education Center and Santa Ana Suzuki Strings participated in the Irvine Global Village Festival at Bill Barber Park in Irvine. I want to thank all of the parents and students that came to help us make new friends that day.
They were invited to perform and do a demonstration under the Cultural Pavilion. They played “America the Beautiful” as the audience sang along. Advanced students played “Humoresque” by Dvorak. We also played “Song of the Wind”, Lightly R0w, and all of the “Twinkles” Ending with our favorite game “Up like a Rocket” with the audience participating with their pretend bows and gumi life savers.
Several of our Twinklers helped out at the booth and got lots of extra practicing in the process. We were surprised how many preschoolers sat down in front of our booth while we were playing. We had quite an audience of children when ever someone picked up the violin and started playing. The booth provided an great opportunity for violin students to get experience playing for an informal audience.
We let them play our rhythm instruments and passed out streamers to dance with. With 4 different stages spread around the park, it was filled with music, musicians and dancers. Not a boring moment.
There was lots of entertainment, food and activities. But please bring your own water. The audience kept asking us for ours. If you come see us at next years be sure to check where to park to catch the shuttle.
For most students it was the first day of school but for TEC Suzuki Students and their friends from SASS at OCCTAC, it was the day they played together for Mayor Kang and his City Council Meeting at the Irvine Civic Center.
My biggest worry was whether everyone would make it there on time with the extra craziness of the first week of school. But everybody was there ready and tuned for the sound check. I want to thank all of the parents that got them there calm and ready to play.
Even Dr. Jimenez made it back from her office at OCCTAC to see us play. She was very pleased to see all of the children and parents working together for such a great purpose.
We got an applause from members of the audience just for doing a sound check. There’s nothing like a little applause to calm down the butterflies in our stomachs. Then they put us back in the green room for the longest 10 min. we ever had to sit through, while they started the meeting. Everyone was so quiet with anticipation. Finally we were led back into the hall with all of the students from age 4 and up.
It was our first time letting someone else run the volume controls on the sound system. I don’t think they realized how big our tone was going to be so we restarted the Humoresque after they adjusted the sound levels. When my students could hear the piano part they quickly regained their confidence and opened up their tone again. The ensemble playing on the video is best after the first few lines of music when we finally all begin to synchronize, including the sound guy. Its not every day that he gets practice adjusting the sound for violins at a City Council Meeting. Not to worry. He picked up the violin sound with microphones so he could ballance it later.
The audience was very appreciative. We got a wonderful applause. The Mayor was really great with the children.
Look for the Jump To. . . . drop down box below the screen and go to the line where it says:
Musical Presentation just above .2 and just below
Moment of Silence in the jump to menu
The meeting was broadcast live within the city of Irvine on Cox Communications Channel 30. And will continue to be available on demand using the ICTV menu: http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/citymanager/pio/ictv/city_council_meetings.asp
We played :
America the Beautiful, Humoresque – by Dvorak and Twinkle A
We finished Twinnkle with our traditional game of ‘Up like a Rocket’ with our Gummy Life Savers on the tip of our bows. It was one more chance to make the Mayor laugh. Then we all took some pictures with Mayor Kang. With all of those parents in the auditorium taking pictures this took almost as long as the music.
Councilmember BETH KROM was right. It would be really cool if Mayor Kang picked up his bow again to play Twinkle with us. Maybe next time he’ll remember to bring his violin. He has a standing invitation to join us for any of our sessions. Group Lesson is every Saturday at 3pm @ OCCTAC and our next joint public performance with the TEC students is going to be at the Irvine Global Village Festival on Sat. Oct. 3rd.
It all went by very fast. And the children had such a wonderful experience. They were so excited when we got back to the green room to put everything away. What a wonderful story they have to tell their friends and family members. It was even more wonderful to see children from both the Irvine Suzuki program and the Santa Ana Suzuki program playing together for such an audience. I think they are fired up to do it again some time.
You may wonder how did we get an invitation to play for such an auspicious occasion as the first meeting of the school year.
Last April our Suzuki Studio participated Irvine’s Day In the Park. It was early in the morning and it wasn’t very crowded yet. Only two Twinklers, Jacob and Sophie were there to help me with our booth which we moved under a tree. That was because my advanced students were all at orchestra rehearsal and some students were on Spring Break.
Mayor Kang was expected to open the event and afterward he always circles the booths and visits with everyone. When he got to our tree he saw the children playing their violins and asked if he could play on my violin. How could I couldn’t resist? Before you know it he and the kids were playing all the Suzuki songs that they knew.
My students discovered that this Mayor was not only an education mayor and a culture mayor. He was also a Suzuki Violin kid at heart. We are very lucky to have a Mayor of Irvine who grew up playing the violin.
I want to thank Mayor Kang for inviting us, as well as the City Council Members and everyone that came to hear the children play. You were a wonderful audience. Thank you for giving our students so much encouragement and allowing them to share their abilities and enthusiasm with the local community at your meeting and on your media service. It was a privilege.
Mayor Kang is always welcome to come by and borrow my violin anytime he needs a break from the office. We are just down the block from the Civic Center between the District and the Diamond Malls.
Just as their video with Mayor Kang and the City Council meeting was being made other organizations in Orange County were making plans to invite Suzuki Violin Students from TEC and SASS to play for their events.
They are planning to have a booth in the Irvine Global Village Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10:00 to 4:00 in the Kids Village. But now they have been invited to play for the Cultural Demonstration Pavilion at 4:00that day for 20 minutes. This will be located near the Cultural Exhibits in the front of the Park. Now we can play all of the other Twinkles and Book One pieces that we didn’t have enough time to play for Mayor Kang. There will be a sound system so we can play our accompaniments and talk about the Suzuki Method with the audience. See Calendar Events for details.
This Festival will be lots of Fun for the Whole Family, with Exhibits, Entertainment, International Marketplace, Children’s Activities and International Cuisine. Admission is Free. Food tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event. See the link above for parking and shuttle information or bike parking.
We also plan to make an appearance for a Hoag Hospital Foundation fundraiser at a private party on Balboa Island in November. We are going to bring some special guests from SASS to help us. More details later.
We will also be signing up Violin Students in Sept. for Suzuki Festival which will occur on November 7th.
Stay tuned. This is going to be a busy year.
TEC and SASS can be engaged to do community service activities for occasional non profit events. Please contact Ms. Cynthia at TEC or OCCTAC.