By Rebecca Jackson
I have long admired the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and so it’s an honor to be a part of their outreach in the schools. I joined cellist Felix Fan, violist Kim Fredenburgh, and beloved Mim violinist L.P. How performing a program featuring strings quartet repertoire. Throughout the year, the Festival provides Santa Fe and Pecos public school students as well as students at Santa Clara Pueblo Day School with live musical performances they would otherwise have limited or no opportunity to experience. In the last week, the string quartet performed for 4,000 kids! The work accomplished by the SFCMF through individuals like its director of education and outreach, Deborah Ungar, is an inspiration to Mim to continue to expand its work for youth in Santa Cruz County. In celebration of our 10th Anniversary in 2017, Music in May will present monthly outreach concerts starting next month. L.P. will join me to perform violin duos for the youth at Juvenile Hall. Thank you to Lynn Kidder for donating her keyboard which will allow us to perform repertoire with piano and also offer workshops.
Now I’m on my way to Costa Rica to join the Sound Impact team on its 3rd annual tour to exchange musical gifts with many kids across the country. Special thanks to Deborah Ungar, The Violin Shop of Santa Fe, Mike Brinegar, and Robertson Violins for the unexpected donations of strings, shoulder rests, and tailpieces for the music students in Costa Rica!