Tuesday morning this week we enjoyed the first two of some 15 school outreach visits we will be making to Bay Area schools leading up to the April 3rd Call & Response performance at Herbst Theatre.
First off: Davidson Middle School in San Rafael, then after a short rehearsal between presentations at a nearby supporter's house, we drove into Mill Valley to play for the orchestra class at Mill Valley Middle School. In the last several years we have had the good fortune of having so many great outreach partners we have had to pick and choose very carefully to make our schedule work - somehow this year we managed to pick up this brand new (to us!) school in Mill Valley, though we have known the teacher there for many years and were happy to meet up with her again at her new location. And of course, great kids too, with surprisingly sophisticated comments about what they heard in the final movement of Beethoven's Quartet Op.135.
Next Monday kicks off one of our busiest at-home weeks of outreach we've had in a while: 3 outreach activities on Monday in San Jose; 1 on Tuesday in San Mateoplus the evening's Bubble Lounge event in downtown San Francisco; 2 in Marin County on Wednesday; 3 in San Francisco on Thursday; and the Community Music Center noontime presentation on Saturday in SF's Mission district.