La Mesa Talents  Headed To Symphony Concert

LA JOLLA -- Much of La Mesa's young syphony music talent traveled west Saturday morning to practice for the upcoming concert of the San Diego Young Artists Symphony.

Conductor Jane Frey, a Mt. Helix resident and a suzuki method violin teacher, led the morning practice held at La Jolla Country Day School.

During the day, Kitty Dukakis, wife of former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, was leaving the Country Day campus after a public appearance Saturday morning when she heard the sound of orchestra music flowing out of the Four Flowers Theater.

Though late for a lunch appointment, Mrs. Dukakis raced into the theater, asked the conductor for a moment and she addressed the students about the value of orchestra music.

Mrs. Dukakis' father had been the conductor of the famed Boston Pops for decades and she had grown up surrounded by great music.

"You sound great,'' she told the musicians, which included students from eight San Diego County schools, including Country Day. "I want to come back for your concert!''

Throughout the day Saturday the YAS musicians -- beginner, intermediate and advanced groups -- had held almost continuous practices in preparation for the big annual concert at Copley Symphony Hall on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. The orchestra includes dozens of East County and La Mesa talents.

The orchestra will feature music in a " Salute to the Music of the Movies'' concert with pieces from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic and others. The concert will include Guest Conductor Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, artistic director and conductor of Orchestra Nova.

It is a wonderful afternoon listening to great young musicians and then enjoy dinner in the Gaslamp.

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