Eight-year-old Alejandra Escalera, violinist, watched my posture with vigilance.
She moved my fingers and demonstrated the quivering-bow tremolo technique she’d just learned in her after-school strings class at Lauderbach Elementary. She motioned to the music notes on the stand in front of me, and seemed to relish the chance to teach an adult how to play the instrument she’s been playing for just about five months. (I had to confess once the mini-lesson was done: I already know how to play the violin.)
We went with NBC San Diego to Chula Vista to film Escalera’s class for our latest Behind the Scene TV. Her classmate, Diego Garcia, shared his own charming words about learning to play viola:
“Sometimes when I listen to music when I do other things, it makes me feel … more attitude. Like proudness,” he said.
You’re reading the Arts Report, our weekly rundown of news and stories about the drama and art of making art in San Diego. Want a soundtrack while you catch up? I attended this Art of Élan contemporary chamber music performance earlier this month at Glashaus in Barrio Logan; you can listen to a recording of the performance at InstantEncore.
• Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to suspend 15 public art projects for two years while the city of San Diego’s in a budget crisis. But it’s still unclear how much of the money saved from stopping projects could even be spent on cops and parks.
• What happens when three artists try to paint with one artistic voice? What about when two journalists come to observe that collaborative process? Dani Dodge’s latest post in our Guide from the Inside blog tells the tale of an afternoon painting session where she and photographer Sam Hodgson spontaneously became the subjects of portraits.
• Summer concert-goers to San Diego Symphony: Don’t mess with the “patriotic-esque” formula. (U-T)
• Help pick the t-shirt design for this spring’s Mission Federal ArtWalk.
Wearing Different Hats:
Made in San Diego: