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COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The Catalina Island Museum's inaugural Holiday Symphony Concert left a lasting impres- sion on the entire community of Avalon and is considered the most memorable event of 2013. Now in its second year, the Catalina Island Museum is honored to welcome the Stanford Symphony Orchestra back to the stage of the Avalon Casino Theatre on Friday, December 12th for another unforgettable performance. The Holiday Symphony Concert is free for members of the museum and all children 17 years of age and younger. "The Holiday Symphony Concert is a great new tradition in Avalon," said Steve Mandel, president of the Catalina Island Museum's Board of Trustees. "This event has helped usher in a ]eptember 19 through September new era where the Catalina Island Museum is not just thought of as the steward of our local history, but also as the center of other cul- tural events and exhibitions." This year's program will show- case compositions by Wolfgang Mozart. Anna Wittstruck will return to conduct an ensemble of the prestigious Stanford Symphony Orchestra and a special guest from the San Francisco Symphony, vio- lin soloist Chen Zhao. Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of all time. His music remains prolific and influ- ential. Ludwig Van Beethoven composed his early works in the shadow of Mozart. The "Father of the String Quartet" and Mozart's friend, Joseph Haydn wrote, "pos- terity will not see such a talent again in 100 years." Due to its remote location, access to arts education on Catalina Isla ./ :is limited. The muse- um's annual Holiday Symphony Concert not only offers classical music to the Avalon community, it also presents a unique opportuni- ty for Avalon's youth. Partnering with Avalon Public Schools, the museum has organized a presen- tation in which members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra will introduce their musical instruments, share their personal experiences and explain the role of each instrument in creating the synergy of a distinctive sound in a symphony orchestra. During a private rehearsal, members of the museum, event sponsors, Avalon school students and their parents will also have t Clockwise from top left: Stanford Symphony Orchestra; Conductor Anna Wittstruck (far right) shown with an ensemble of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Stanford Symphony Orchestra's music director Maestro Jindong Cai will speak to members of the museum, Avalon school students and their parents during a private rehearsal. (Photograph courtesy of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra) the opportunity to attend a lec- ture by the Music Director of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Jindong Cai. Entitled "View from the Podium," Maestro Cai will share his thoughts about the influ- ence of classical music on young individuals, their growth and per- sonal development. The 2nd Annual Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert takes place on Friday, December 12 at 7:00 pm in the Avalon Casino Theatre. Tickets are free for members of the museum and all children 17 years of age and younger. The gen- eral public may purchase tickets for $5. Tickets are required for entry. For more information and to request or purchase tickets, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414, or at its website: The Wild Side Art Show Sale. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club A passion for Catalina Island and plein air art come together to create an extraordinary afternoon. The show features 10 nationally acclaimed plein air artists, who will display their interpretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands and scenic beauty. Proceeds from the sale of these unique paintings support the growth of a perma- nent collection of plein air art- work that documents the Island's "wild side" and the Catalina Island Conservancy's restoration efforts. Registration is available by calling (562) 437-8555, ext. 239. Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission E tTtLI fl IXL]lfiER X JggEXTIfit gOX We appreciate your photos, comments, stories and ideas. 635 Crescent Avenue, Suite A For More Information Call 310-510-0179 8 i Friday, September 19, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER