Classical music meets classic rock to promote new school

TEMECULA � Symphony tunes harmonized with classic rock when the legendary Steve Miller Band, Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann, acclaimed pianist Julie Coucheron, Fender Bender prot�©g�©s, and the dynamic Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra met onstage in Temecula on Sept. 18. The Steve Miller Rock Symphony, held from 7:30 – 10 p.m. on Sunday, took place at City Hall and served as an outreach event for the recently-erected Context Middle School.

�The idea is to get children to come together and play together,� said Steve Miller on the establishment of Context. �We�’re not trying to create rock stars here. We�’re trying to create human beings.�

Context Middle School is a new charter school in Temecula centered on the integration of music and technology into daily curriculum. This school is the latter of two KIDS ROCK FREE (KRF) educational facilities, which are designed to provide free to low-costing music lessons for children aged 7-17 years. Steve Miller has been instrumental in KRF and hopes to institute 1,500 schools across the nation, thus igniting a resurgence of music programs throughout America. This fall, Context Middle School welcomed 300 eager students into its halls.

Also vital in the development of KIDS ROCK FREE are the Fender Benders, one of five bands at the Fender Center, located in Corona, California.�The center has taught over 16,000 students throughout Southern California. On stage with Steve Miller on Sunday were two prominent youth guitarists, Matt Rubic, 15, and Dillon Brown, 16. Both are members of the Fender Benders and have played with Steve Miller on a number of occasions; Brown has visited around 30 cities with the Steve Miller Band. The two, who performed �Fly like an Eagle� and various other songs with the band, reflect the depth and intensity within the Fender Center and KIDS ROCK FREE programs.

Rune Bergmann, the recently-inducted conductor for the Augsburg Symphony and Orchestra, arranged the Steve Miller Rock Symphony. The special VIP event invited locals to witness the infusion of classical symphonic music, as produced by the Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestra located in Orange County, with Steve Miller�’s rock songs. The Youth Symphony was conducted by Josh Roach and is dedicated to shaping lasting relations with the community.

�I�’ll be back next year to check on the progress of Context,� promised Miller at the conclusion of the evening.

With community support, Context Middle School and KIDS ROCK FREE in Temecula can catalyze a flourishing musical youth in the city.

For more information on how to aid the school, visit�www

.contextschools.org.


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