Every year, the Vallejo Symphony presents a series of Mini-Concerts for young children in Benicia and Vallejo Schools. Presented by a trio of professional musicians who are also experienced educators, these Mini-Concerts expose children to classical music in a fun and engaging way. Using an appealing curriculum that changes each year, our musicians, led by violinist Kerry Borgen, incorporate school curriculum and life lessons into their musical presentations. Our trio will demonstrate their own instruments (flute, violin, piano), as well as a selection of various musical instruments, including a mandolin, a child-sized violin, and other musical wonders geared to open a child's imagination.

     Our goal is to expose children to different genres of music by playing works from different time periods and teaching them about music and composers, with the hope of engaging them in musical performance and planting the seeds of a life-long love of music. These concerts are always performed with the idea that children can have fun with and enjoy all genres of music, thus opening their minds to unfamiliar forms and concepts that are not the same as what they usually see and hear. Music for the concerts includes pieces from American composers such as Copland, Joplin, Michael Horvit and Ted Lucas, and pop music from the Beatles. Encouraging imaginative interaction is a core goal of the program. The Trio finished one concert with "Cucina Bella" (Beautiful Kitchen) by Chris Crockarell, which the trio, wearing chef's hats and aprons, played on improvised instruments such as pots, pans, an electric hand mixer and a large water bottle.

     Through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, such as Valero Refinery, Benicia, Target, and Syar Foundation, we have been able to offer public elementary schools in Benicia and Vallejo a package of two Mini-concerts free of charge. Please help us continue to offer this wonderful service to our local schools. Call our office at (707) 643-4441 and donate today!