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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kids Delight in the Music Academy

It was a picture perfect Santa Barbara morning in the gorgeous park-like setting of the Music Academy of the West when nearly 300 energetic kids arrived for Carnival of the Animals.


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Kids from the United Way’s Fun in the Sun Program, The United Boys & Girls Clubs, Santa Barbara West and Goleta locations, and The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara jumped into animal themed morning activities including animal face painting, animal masks, races, double-dutch jump roping, carnival toss throwing and more. Montecito Bank & Trust had its activity money booth on-site which also proved to be quite popular. Music Academy students played music showing their superb talents and instruments answering questions from curious and interested kids.

This was all just the preamble to the real treat that waited inside Hahn Hall. The kids had the privilege to hear the 1886 Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals concert performed by the renowned classical music instructors from the Music Academy of the West. The concert narrative was delivered by Marilyn Horne, the world-wide famed opera singer. The kids were a great audience engaged in the concert and its wonderful musical depictions of elephants, kangaroos, fish and more. After the concert, the kids enjoyed a box lunch before departing and making way for the afternoon student lessons at the Academy.

Montecito Bank & Trust is the Music Academy’s 65th Anniversary Season Sponsor. When Scott Reed, President of the Music Academy, approached Montecito Bank & Trust about presenting a special appreciation event for the bank’s clients featuring Music Academy musicians, , Janet Garufis, president and CEO, decided to let local kids enjoy this very special opportunity. Ms. Garufis shared, “If just a few kids today find special meaning in hearing this concert, setting off a dream that maybe someday they might follow in the footsteps of these gifted musicians, then we couldn’t be happier. For many of these kids, it’s a first time concert and a day they will long remember.”

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Paul Didier, President and CEO, of the United Way of Santa Barbara County shared, “Our Fun in the Sun Summer Program for kids focuses not only on summer fun, but also on the academics of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Today’s arts focus here at the Music Academy helps us achieve our scholastic summer goals. We so appreciate Montecito Bank & Trust for including us in this Carnival of the Animals concert day and for their ongoing support of our Fun in the Sun program.”

Scott Reed, President of the Music Academy added, “The Academy has hosted children’s events before, but this was a unique undertaking. The details and logistics took much coordination, but today was a huge success and I hope the beginning of an annual event. We cannot thank Montecito Bank & Trust enough for all the community outreach it does and its generous sponsorship of our 65th anniversary season.”

The Music Academy of the West is presenting more than 200 events over the course of this year’s Summer School and Festival, which began June 18 and concludes August 11. Highlights include an ambitious new production of Igor Stravinsky’s exuberantly inventive opera The Rake’s Progress, as well as performances by acclaimed soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, celebrated violinist Gil Shaham, and conductors James Gaffigan, Alexander Lazarev, Nicholas McGegan, and Andrew Grams. Featuring the Academy’s exceptionally talented Fellows, together with illustrious guest performers and faculty, the events are being presented at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara.

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