Monday, February 1, 2016

Just Life| Children at the Stockton Symphony

The other day, I had the privilege of accompanying my daughter's Fifth Grade class to the Stockton Symphony. The kids were asked to dress up in their Sunday best for the occasion and they all obliged gracefully.

We arrived at Delta College where the Stockton Symphony is based and were seated to the left of the stage. The auditorium was full of children coming from all over San Joaquin. There were at least a few thousands kids in the auditorium that day.

Then, the Stockton Symphony's director Mr. Peter Jaffe, came to the stage and asked the children to sing the National Anthem. The children were so good that I got chills from listening to them.

Next, the Symphony started to play. The music was based on William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  The pieces was written by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn when was only 17 years old.

Mr. Jaffe took every chance to educate the children about music throughout the one hour program. 

I am so thankful to all the teachers and administrators that made it possible for so many kids to attend the Stockton Symphony that day. 

As Friedrich Nietzsche once said: "Without music, life would be a mistake." and I agree. Without music, life would be flavorless.

So, if you would like to attend any of the Stockton Symphony's programs, please visit its website at:

Peter Jaffe. Picture from Stockton Symphony website.

And let's not forget the Stockton Chorale.  Here is their website:  (p.s. my kid and my co-worker both sing in the Stockton Chorale and they are both wonderful).

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha