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From page 1 As Sol watched the Stanford Symphony Orchestra pianist animatedly perform George Ger~,l~ Three Preludes, his excitement for the piano grew. Immediately following the con- cert, he begged his mom to get a piano. Asked about the pianist's per- formanee he said, "Did you see how fast he played? He was really fun to watch. It was awesome!" The first song he learned to play was the theme song for the "Pink Panther." He began spending more of his free time focusing on music, rather than playing video games. "Once he started participat- ing in the music class at school, his grades improved significantly, especially in math where he went from a C to an A," said Angela Phillips. "We are so thankful that the museum is offering this opportu- nity again this year. It would be really challenging for our family to go to the mainland to experi- ence something like this," Phillips said. She has always been a firm believer in the positive effect clas- sical music has on children. Like many parents, she used the Baby Einstein series of DVDs to help with their development from a very young age. musical instruments regularly also demonstrated greater proficien- cy in mathematics by grade-12, according to National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988. "The study looked at a nation- ally representative sample of eighth-graders were first surveyed in the spring of 1988. A sample of these respondents were then resur- veyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000," said the National Center for Education Statistics website. Assistant Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Anna Wittstruck will return with an ensemble of students to perform a program of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart compositions on December 12 in the Avalon Theatre. Photo courtesy of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Holiday Symphony 2014 Like last year, all children will be admitted free of charge to this year's Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert, which takes place on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Avalon Casino Theatre. The program's theme, A Very Mozart Christmas, features an ensemble of the Staliford Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anna Wittstruck performing three beautiful compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In addition to the concert, the museum has partnered with Avalon Public School and orga- nized a presentation with conduc- has benefited them. Tickets are free for members of the museum and children 17 years of age and younger. The general public may pur- chase tickets for $5. Tickets are required for entry. Limit two tickets per member. 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 Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week except for Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The museum is located on the ground floor of the iconic Casino building facing Avalon Bay. Admission for members is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children 15 years old or younger. i She is not alone in this. Studies have shown that stu- dents trained in music have enhanced linguistics and math- ematical capabilities. They are also more prone to learning foreign languages and display superior cognitive perfor- tar Wittstruck and members of the SClCO will manage mance in reading compared tO L stanford.Symph0ay/~che~i i~ ~ Inn their non-musically trained peers. The Stanfo~'Univ~sity~::~ffi-~q ,, on Mt. Ada For example, one U.S. dents:will intr e':t r: i- :::ettective Dec. 1 Department of Education study of cal instrtiments and shareJ:theli?~ more than 25,000 students found personal experiences of early BY CHARLES M. KELLY that the students who practiced on exposure to music and how it The Santa Catalina Island Company and USC have signed We pr vvtd tn- home a long-term lease for the Island Cllrejflv~rt~_~__ ~o 7olt tan Company to operate The Inn on Avalont ,,.Li., Mount Ada. effective December 1, the two organizations announced recently in a joint statement to the ,~ ~/nedia ............ al~,~,~,~~:2~ The Island Company will man- ~ ........ Medication" " Reminders"I ~age tlae mstor]c ran, wla]ch ~s .~, .. , .- I located in the town of Avalon on Llglat ttouseReeplng lglat ttousekeeplng ]Catalina Island. Meal Preparation "The Inn on Mt. Ada will con- Companionship Our C-ae gt ,er Liability Insured Background Checked Pre-employment Screening CNA's Available tinue in the same fashion it has for decades as an iconic bed and breakfast," said Laurie Stone, asso- ciate senior vice president of Real Estate and Asset Management at USC. USC worked with the Catalina $ too OFF First Month wtth Ltve4n Care. Satisfaction Guranteedl Lease, Page 9 8 i Friday, October 31, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER