Tag: Sharon Rizzo

Fireside Chat… with Strings Attached

Big Bear, CA, February 18, 2014 – Four years ago, due to budget cuts, BVUSD had to cut funding for the Elementary Strings Program which provides free participation for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students interested in learning to play in an orchestra. Due to the state altering their education funding formula this year, there is a possibility that the District will fund the program again, provided there is enough community support. Superintendent of schools, Kurt Madden, is having a ‘Fireside Chat’ to gauge that support on Wednesday February 26th, from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Knickerbocker Mansion Conference Room. The community has rallied around this program, raising the $30,000. per year necessary to keep it alive for the past 4 years. The result of regaining funding will free up the group to fund other projects such as merit scholarships and instrument rentals for needy kids and educational field trips to see world renowned artists. This is an opportunity for more children to be exposed to music and to continue support for the 150 students already enrolled in the program. This will be the only meeting for the purpose of re-funding the...

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Pasadena Orchestra Joins Forces With Mountain Ensembles

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 29, 2014 – On February 8, the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley will present a collaboration between the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) and the All Mountain String Ensemble, conducted by Sharon Rizzo. This free performance runs from 2:00-5:00 p.m at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (39707 Big Bear Blvd.). PYSO has offered musical training and personal development for young musicians in the San Gabriel Valley for over 40 years. Two of the orchestra’s divisions will perform in Big Bear: its String Orchestra and its Wind Ensemble, whose occasional partnerships give musicians in grades six-nine the opportunity to perform within a full symphony. The All Mountain String Ensemble comprises the top students in the Big Bear Lighthouse Youth Orchestras and the Arrowhead Arts Youth String Ensembles. Under the direction of Sharon Rizzo, the students have won top honors at music festivals and competitions. For more information, call the Arts Council at (909) 585-5916 or visit them...

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