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April 9, 2013 > School for the Blind offers Spring Concert

School for the Blind offers Spring Concert

By Mahima Goel

Spring can mean a variety of things. It can stand for pretty colors and warm festivals. It can also stand for the Annual Spring Concert presented by the California School for the Blind (CSB). With the title "Some Say Each Day is Made for Songs and Laughter," one concert offering will capture the hearts of audiences throughout the city. Wayne Siligo, Director of Music at the California School for the Blind, talks about the roots of the program.

"I began teaching at CSB in the fall of 1981, when the school first opened in Fremont," he says. "I felt that changing our curriculum to a performance-oriented program would help showcase our talented students and give them a platform to share their music at school. Since then, we have had two concerts a year and are blessed to have several members of the State Board of Education attend on a regular basis."

This time around, Siligo says there will be an array of diverse cultural performances. Two choral groups and the school's Glee Club will perform singular songs, featuring a California Gold Rush classic and an Italian Folk dance song from the nineteenth century. Playing annually at the California Department of Education in Sacramento for the holiday season as well as various National Education Conferences and functions, the six-piece jazz ensemble is the CSB's showcase band. Siligo has composed selections for the Mission Ensemble, largest of the instrumental groups featuring ten musicians, while the eleven-piece Percussion Ensemble will play energetic pieces from Nigerian, African, and Brazilian and Middle-Eastern culture.

Excited about the upcoming concert, Siligo says that school concerts are a marvelous vehicle for the public to see and hear students in a positive and creative way, adding that as in many local schools, "Music is an important part of their lives."

So whether attendees come to hear rising talent or exquisite cultural music, this concert promises to be a pleasure for everyone.

Spring Concert
April 17 and 18
Wednesday, Apr 17: 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Apr 18: 7:30 p.m.
California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Ave., Fremont
(510) 794-3800
www.csb-cde.ca.gov/
Free Admission

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