Triple Jubilee Brings UCI Music to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

The UCI Symphony Orchestra and Santa Ana High School Orchestra perform together in concert.

Triple Jubilee Brings Longstanding Partnership between UC Irvine Department of Music and Santa Ana High School Music Program to Downtown Santa Ana This Spring

Having developed a partnership spanning seven years, and serving hundreds of high school and college students, the team of educators behind the collaboration between the UC Irvine (UCI) Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School (SAHS) music program has decided they need to go bigger in 2020.

But what does bigger mean? SAHS musicians already work with Dr. Stephen Tucker, Director of the UCI Symphony Orchestra and Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of the Music Department at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA), at least three times per year when he comes to SAHS to work with them on their music pieces. They visit UCI twice a year for side-by-side rehearsals with the UCI Symphony Orchestra, and workshops and information sessions designed to show them what is available in a university music program. They even get one-to-one coaching in their instrument by some of UCI’s terrific undergraduate Music majors. How do you grow from here?

Dr. Tucker along with Victor de los Santos and Joseph Kaye, band and orchestra directors at SAHS, return to the question that began the partnership in 2013 – how can we serve our students? This year, the answer is to get out into the Santa Ana community, to show the value of music education, and what can happen when a youth development program uses music as the tool to catalyze students to further their education.

With full support from the City of Santa Ana, in celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary, the UCI Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Ana High School Band and Orchestra programs will perform outdoors on the 2nd Street Promenade. This Triple Jubilee brings together the three music ensembles, and the three organizations (UCI, SAHS, and the City) to honor 150 years (three “jubilees”) of culture and creativity in Santa Ana.

On Sunday, April 26, 2020 beginning at 4pm, all of the SAHS music ensembles will perform including the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Cadet Band, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra. The free event will culminate with the annual UCI and SAHS Symphony Orchestras combined concert where future university students from SAHS play side-by-side with UCI’s masterful musicians.

“This collaboration has never been about developing musicians, it has always been about developing young people who have been valued and encouraged in a way that they can now see themselves going to college, continuing their education and taking advantage of opportunities. Music is how we are connecting with them, but this is bigger than music,” said Tucker.

“We work tirelessly to continue serving one another. We didn’t know what this relationship would look like, seven years ago, but it is better, and deeper, and more effective than we could ever have dreamed of,” said Santos and Kaye.

Join Santa Ana High School Music and the UCI Symphony Orchestra in Celebration of the City of Santa Ana at this year’s combined concert:

Triple Jubilee
Sunday, April 26, 2020
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
Free Admission – Community Welcome

This collaboration is made possible by the support of gifts and grants, including from the Robert and Doreen Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music – Orange County Community Foundation, the Pacific Life Foundation, and the Richard B. Siegel Foundation. If you would like to learn more about how you can join us in supporting this great work, contact the Outreach unit at CTSA, or (949) 824-8976.

SanArts is a public, tuition-free school of choice housed at Santa Ana High School in Historic Downtown Santa Ana. Students develop a personalized program of study developing their skills within and across five artistic disciplines: music (vocal & instrumental), dance, theatre, visual art & design, and cinematic arts. Our students complete a University of California aligned course of study, and can accelerate their academic progress through online course work that creates additional time in the schedule for specialized arts courses. We’ve partnered with professional university organizations to offer free after-school and Saturday art workshops, as well as providing access to all of the athletic programs and extracurricular clubs that Santa Ana High School has to offer.

Founded in 1888, the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is the second largest school district in Orange County serving the children of Santa Ana and the 2nd largest employer in Santa Ana, providing job opportunities to approximately 5,000 employees. SAUSD is committed to providing each of its students with a high-quality education, rigorous and advanced programs, and a nurturing, safe environment with state-of-the-art facilities, 21st century learning and technology, and a direct pathway to college upon graduation. Our district proudly boasts one of the highest graduation rates in the state of California.

The City of Santa Ana is celebrating its 150th Anniversary (sesquicentennial) this year. The City of Santa Ana was founded in October 27, 1869 by William H. Spurgeon and later incorporated as a city in 1886. The City of Santa Ana is the County seat, the second-most populous city in Orange County, and is widely known as "Downtown Orange County." The City is proud to celebrate Santa Ana's history, people, businesses, culture, public services, and vision.

As UCI’s creative laboratory, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts explores and presents the arts as the essence of human experience and expression, through art forms ranging from the most traditional to the radically new. Our students come to UCI to learn to be citizen-artists, to sharpen their skills and talents, and to become the molders and leaders of world culture. Our international faculty works across a wide variety of disciplines, partnering with others across the campus, our national-ranked programs in art, dance, drama, and music begin with training but end in original invention.

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Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020