Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival to benefit homeless youth

Posted on: January 13, 2012

In Friday’s (1/13) San Francisco Examiner, Janos Gereben writes, “At 16, cellist Faithlina Chan has a thoroughly adult perspective on music and life: ‘As a musician, playing music with others can be one of the most satisfying activities, and I also believe that musicians are somewhat like ambassadors—communicating in a universal language.’ Chan’s fellow cellist, Jessica Blixt-Logan, 16, makes it simple: ‘I love to play music. It takes over my world and I just love it. I am always playing music. It’s who I am.’ San Ramon Valley High School senior Chan and Berkeley High School junior Blixt-Logan are principal cellists of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, one of six groups coming together at Davies Symphony Hall Sunday for the third Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival Hope Concert. The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, California Youth Symphony, El Camino Youth Symphony, Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and Oakland Youth Orchestra also are participating. … The event, hosted by TV anchor Wendy Tokuda, benefits homeless youth. … BAYOF Hope Concerts in 2009 and 2011 raised $15,000 and $25,000, respectively, for homeless youth organizations. The San Francisco Symphony is hosting this concert as part of its centennial year.”

Posted January 13, 2012