Music Foundation Sponsors Symphony Trip

On February 24th, 250 lucky kids get to visit the San Francisco Symphony for a special performance as part of the Symphony’s celebrated Concert4Kids Program.

The tickets and buses are being sponsored by the non-profit Antioch Music Foundation, courtesy of a grant from the San Francisco Foundation. Schools sending students are Belshaw, Carmen Dragon, Fremont, Kimball, Jack London., Mission and Turner Elementary and Park Middle.

The program has been been sponsored the last four years by the Music Foundation. The project is a brainstorm of Mission music specialist Geneva Payne who was also instrumental in bringing Ken Bergmann’s exhilarating Percussion Discussion concert to the El Campanil Theatre.

On March 1st the renowned Bergmann, who has performed at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York, will perform three shows for over spellbound 1,600 kids. A music teacher at Jack London, Bergmann yearly donates his time and talent for this Antioch treasure at which which he percusses on everything but the kitchen sink while running the gamut from Beethoven to rock, throwing in an enactment of an old-time radio show for good measure.

Walter Ruehlig, President of the Antioch Music Foundation, exclaims, “After seeing the Percussion Discussion twelve times I know I will again get bug-eyed and rabbit-eared at the upcoming shows. It’s a rush of inspiration and I laugh so hard my insides hurt. This guy has entertainment coming out of his pores.”

For more information on the Foundation and upcoming events, including the East County Idol on April 20th, visit

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