San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
The dream for the Silicon Valley Music Festival started to develop seven years ago in the mind of a student from San Jose’s Eastside, Independence High school, Ray Zamora-Furuta. Recently graduated from Stony Brook University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Ray sacrificed his graduation ceremonies with his class to be in San Jose, making preparations for the festival, which will include two outdoor concerts, six indoor concerts, student masterclasses and an outreach program. Already an accomplished musician himself as a protege of the world renown flutist, Carol Wincenc and teaching assistant for Emerson Quartet, this was his way of thanking his family, friends and community for their support in his journey.
“My dream was to make music and music education available to students of all backgrounds,” says SVMF founder Ray Furuta. “During this economic downturn, we must not let the music and arts programs diminish and I wanted to do everything I can to help young aspiring musicians to become the best that they can be.”
Ray’s passion for music and desire to give back to the community has earned him the respect of a team of world class musicians willing to help him make his graduation dream come true. Internationally acclaimed classical musicians such as Philip Setzer, violinist and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, Katherine Murdock, violist of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Mark Hill, Principal oboist of the National Philharmonic in DC, amongst others will join young emerging artists to present classical music both familiar and wholly new as well as compositions by contemporary artists.
“We are honored to have virtuosos who are in great demand join us at this inaugural event,” remarks Jasmin Arakawa, SVMF co- artistic director, “who have played at the finest concert halls & festivals including Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall & Kennedy Center.”
In this inaugural year, the festival taking place from June 24-29 will be providing a variety of musical activities throughout Silicon Valley at a fraction of the cost or free, which would benefit and appeal to young aspiring musicians, professional musicians, and music lovers alike. For concert dates and ticket information, visit http://www.svmusicfestival.org or call 408-230-5199.
About Silicon Valley Music Festival - The Silicon Valley Music Festival is a week-long music festival and chamber music institute in the Silicon Valley Area. Founded in 2011 by flutist Ray Furuta and pianist Jasmin Arakawa, SVMF is dedicated to artistic excellence, innovation, and the broadening of musical perspectives. The inaugural season from June 24-29, 2012 will feature a captivating series of concerts performed by a roster of internationally acclaimed classical musicians, as well as public masterclasses, pre-concert lectures, interactive outreach performances, and a chamber music institute and fellowship program for aspiring young musicians. http://www.svmusicfestival.org