As part of its mission of providing enriching experiences in the visual and performing arts for schools and local citizens, TACFA underwrites the cost to transport over 850 elementary school students along with their teachers to attend a special music program performed by Orange County’s resident orchestra, South Coast Symphony.
“Koncerts for Kids” is a specifically designed multi-media program for fourth-grade students incorporating both music and art. They experience music, performed by a large symphony orchestra, from a variety of genres including classical, jazz, opera, film scores from Hollywood and the music of Broadway. Highlights of these concerts have included an interactive music and art performance to the music of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and multimedia presentations from the film scores of composer John Williams. The students also have the opportunity to hear performances at each concert from two very talented young performers who have been chosen as award winners from the Symphony’s annual Young Stars of the Future competition.
Founded in 1996, the 70-member Symphony’s mission is to provide South Orange County’s fifteen diverse communities with a professional, accessible and affordable symphonic musical experience. The Symphony’s eclectic programming is designed to entertain and educate while also attracting a whole new generation of patrons. The Symphony performs a wide variety of orchestral literature from the classics and opera to light classics, Broadway and pops.
The Conductor of the Symphony is Barry Silverman who is also a member of the TACFA volunteer group Encore. Mr. Silverman is a multi -talented musician who has played professionally with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Symphony, Glendale Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Debut Orchestra of Young Musicians Foundation, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.