February Newsletter

Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Students and Parents,

Hope you are all surviving this flu season none the worse for wear. Although I have not really gotten sick, every day it feels as though I am fighting off something.

This month, the Brevard Symphony presents its Pops Concert as well as a series of Children’s Concerts. The Pops Concert is titled “Brodway and Beyond” and feature the terrific vocalist Michelle Amado. The performances are Friday, February 2nd at the Community Church in Vero Beach at 7:30pm and Saturday at the King Center in Melbourne at 2 and 8pm. The Children’s Concerts take place all the following week and are open to 5th grade students of Brevard and Indian River Counties.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s February Concert will feature as the guest soloist, the winner of last year’s Elmar Oliveria International Violin Competition, Serina Huang. She will be playing the stunningly beautiful Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber. Also on the program are Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony” and Schumann’s Symphony No.2. These concerts take place on February 14, 15 and 16 and are in Palm Beach Gardens, Vero Beach and Stuart respectively.

As always, I encourage everyone to take the time to visit the web sites of these orchestras. They do a fabulous job!

Parents and Students:  This month many of my students will be participating in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. For many of them, it will be their fist experience ever playing solos before a judge. The poise and grace they will gain from this will be invaluable and every parent should applaud their efforts.

This and That:  A few words about distraction. There are so many things tugging at us each day for our attention. Decide which ones are worth our time and energy and which ones ARE NOT! This is advice not just for my students, but for all of us. Know who you are and stay focused. It’s as simple as that. And as always:

“Work Hard, Be Nice”

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