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Vivaldi and Dvorak come to Roosevelt

By Katy Murphy
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 10:37 pm in students, the arts.

photo of 2008 festival courtesy of OUSD

Tomorrow (Thursday) evening, 200 musicians from across the city meet at Oakland’s Roosevelt Middle School to take part in the sixth annual citywide Orchestra festival. Under the direction of guest conductor Maestro Michael Morgan, director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the students will play Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring and Antonin Dvorak’s Largo from the New World Symphony.

Admission’s free, if you want to check it out. Here are the details:

Event: Oakland Unified School District’s 6th Annual Orchestra Festival

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 6:30 PM until approximately 9:00 PM

Place: Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, 1926 E. 19th St. Oakland, CA 94606

Admission: Free

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  • Beyond Bakesales

    I’ve attended this event since its inception. This is a great event where you get to see the good that is happening in Oakland public schools. OUSD is to be commended for a comprehensive music program that serves a wide variety of students, not just the select few. Best deal in town.

  • Nancy

    Perhaps we should all wonder, why then, are all of the music teachers along with other categoricals receiving March 15th letters, when the Oakland tax payer-home owners decided to pay a parcel tax so that Oakland school children can continue to receive music for the next 10 years?

  • Jim Mordecai

    Nancy:

    There is a value conflict with those in power. The voters clearly voted for music and libraries in the schools but the State administration valued RRB and dividing up the money among elementary and secondary schools to use as a site-based decision. The values of the State Administration wins as it has the power.

    Unfortunately, some school board members hold the same value that decisions should be made at the school site and the voters values don’t count.

    In practice, I believe, each site gets to spend their piece of the Measure E/G funding.

    Some money does go to music, art, and libraries but although these programs were a priority with the public and what the public thought they were funding, the public is treated as a backseat driver of the decisions to spend partial tax for Measure E/G.

    There is suppose to be oversight by a citizens committee to see the priorities of the voters were followed but this group has little effective power under State control–and like the change from Bush to Obama–some things will remain the same and not change.

    Jim Mordecai

  • Nancy

    Then why don’t the citizen’s demand the county withhold sending any of their parcel tax to the State and/or put another measure to reverse E/G if it will not be followed through as intended? And if the Oakland homeowners don’t demand accountability to their wishes, then they all get what they deserve.