San Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium was full of excitement as fourth and fifth graders arrived at the Stockton Symphony’s “Steppin’ Out” concert on Friday, March 2nd.
As the children sat to enjoy the concert, little did they know that they were about to experience a world premiere of Conflict and Resolution—a music project created by Israeli composer and award winner, Avner Dorman. Conflict and Resolution is based on the children`s book “Uzu and Muzo” by Ephraim Sidon.
The Steppin’ Out Concert is a project beyond a single concert; teachers support music education as they engage children in conversation and basic understanding about music in their classrooms by teaching kids music concepts and appreciation skills, explained Stanley.
In the 30 minute performance Dorman brought life to the story of two brothers, Uzu and Muzu, with symphonic music. In addition to exposing children to orchestra music, the book teaches kids a message about tolerance and conflict resolution. The Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet by the legendary Russian composer, Tchaikovsky, was also performed.
Dorman is in a residency agreement with the Stockton Symphony to encourage children to read and write about conflict and resolution through a series of educational activities.
26 schools around San Joaquin County and approximately 2,350 students attended two Steppin’ Out performances. The community may enjoy Dorman’s creation on Thursday March 8th and Saturday March 10th. Tickets are available at (209) 951-0196.
Other art organizations also harmonized with the Stockton Symphony as they are exhibiting their own interpretations of Conflict and Resolution. The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery’s (MHC&G) March exhibit highlights its gallery members’ interpretation of Conflict and Resolution. Dorman will have a special reception at MHC&G on Monday, March 5 and an Artist Reception will be on Friday, March 9th; both events are scheduled at 5:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director to Challenge Stockton’s Mayor
STOCKTON — “I am standing before you tonight to officially announce my intentions to become the next mayor of the City of Stockton,” said CEO and president of the Boys and Girls Cub, Anthony Silva, as he stood before an audience of more than 200 at Variety`s Banquet Hall on Wednesday, February 29th .
Silva is a former Stockton Parks and Recreations commissioner and a former Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) board president. He currently serves on the board of directors for Silver Lake Camp and the Miss San Joaquin County scholarship program. Additionally,
“I am not afraid to make tough and right decisions, to take on gangs, to address the homeless situation or to challenge special interest groups,” expressed Silva. “I am especially not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work to clean up the city by taking it back one street at a time.”
In addition to his anti-crime agenda and the City’s budget, Silva explained that one of his priorities is creating jobs. “I will implement an aggressive plan to market our city in good light and help bring new industries and new opportunities to Stockton.”
“If elected Mayor, I will not take the 80,000 per year stipend until the city can get approved a balanced budget,” declared Silva in his speech. Silva acknowledged that Stockton is in one of the worst economic periods in our history, with record-breaking crime statistics: “it is not what I want people to think of when they think about our city.”
“Imagine a city with enough jobs for graduates, where people walk the streets without the fear to of crime, a city where we don’t close public libraries and community centers,” said Silva as she shared his future vision of Stockton to the audience.
Thus far four others have expressed interest in running against Mayor Ann Johnston; those interested to lead Stockton’s City Council are: Bar Owner Jimmie Rishwain, Auto Dealer Anthony Stevens, Plant Maintenance Supervisor James Butler, and former council member Ralph Lee White.
A discussion and arts exhibition on Conflict and Resolution in Stockton
The Stockton Symphony will be holding a discussion in conjunction with an arts presentation by the Artista’s del Valle today, March 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM with the Symphony’s Composer-In-Residence Avner Dorman on Conflict and Resolution at the Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery located at 111 North Sutter Street in downtown Stockton. Continue reading