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Steinway Society of Riverside County Celebrates 18 Years of Bringing Music to Local Children

Bravo! Children in Music Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The S at Rancho Mirage
This season, the Steinway Society of Riverside County (SSRC) is celebrating 18 years of bringing music to children with a number of special events designed to showcase young musical talent as well as raise funds to continue its mission.

With a full calendar of events, Steinway’s first event is a showcase on Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Library featuring pianist Jonathan Mamora, a recent Julliard graduate who was a Junior and Senior winner of SSRC’s Festival Piano Competition every year.

“Bravo! Children in Music,” SSRC’s major fundraising luncheon and concert is on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The S at Rancho Mirage. Dorothy Hamilton is chair and the event honors Ron Celona, founder of CVRep Theatre. Master of Ceremonies is Leo Milmet. Entertainment includes a special performance by Liberace impersonator Ken Hopper.

Cost is $130 per person; $1300 for a table of 10. For tickets and reservations, go to the website, www.steinwayriverside.org or call (760) 341-4130.

On March 8 is SSRC’s Annual Festival Piano Competition, Junior Division, for ages 7 to 14 years, and March 15 is the Senior Division, for ages 14 to 18 years, both held at Xavier School, 34200 Cook Street, Palm Desert, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

High Tea at The Classic Club, March 22, 3 to 5 p.m. is in co-sponsorship with Opera Arts. More information to follow.

The Festival Winners Concert on May 13, 7 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Library, features the top junior and senior level winners of SSRC’s Annual Festival Piano Competition, a great opportunity to hear up-and-coming musicians perform before a live audience; free and open to the public.

During the school year, SSRC brings musical programs into schools with 12 ukulele and 12 piano labs in elementary schools; and classic concerts with age-appropriate music performances for children K-12th grade. Fourth and fifth graders learn the basics of the orchestra in interactive, audio-visual presentations; and through Mr. McSymphony, children are introduced to classic, opera and jazz by specially trained volunteers.

Serving Coachella Valley’s senior population, Music is Wellness brings various artists to Eisenhower Memory Care Center and other venues.

About the Steinway Society of Riverside

Founder and CEO Ruth Moir said, “The Steinway Society began presenting classical concerts in the schools as an enrichment for the children in 2002. In 2008, school budgets were severely cut, thus eliminating important programs like music, art and theatre arts. Learning music at an early age helps young brains develop intellectual skills such as math and language as well as motor skills and coordination, voice and body movement, teamwork and listening skills. Steinway is proud to annually serve more than 30,000 children in all three school districts. We continue Steinway Society’s mission to promote excellence in piano performance and bring music into the schools.”

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