El Dorado Hills resident and FLCCA board member John Raslear, standing second from left, introduces musical group Last 2 Standing — Fred Floth, D.P. Maracin and Richard Cox, left to right — to Folsom school children at an outreach event. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

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Concert outreach brings music to those who need it most

By From page B5 | October 11, 2017

Seniors and school-age children often can’t get out to places like the Harris Center for the Arts, so the Folsom Lake Community Concert Association brings national and international performing artists in concert to them, free of charge.

FLCCA board members work to ensure a variety of genres are available.

Last month Holy Trinity School students enjoyed a New Orleans-style jazz performance by Ned’s Jazzboat Jazz Band and the River Bend Folk Band performed at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center; early rock group The Last 2 Standing performed in Folsom for students at Theodore Judah Elementary, where lead singer D.P. Maracin offered a sentence or two about the makings of each of the following songs during an hour-long performance — “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Chantilly Lace,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Bright Lights Big City,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and more. Children seemed to enjoy the songs as much as anything they would hear on the radio today, bouncing in place before eventually breaking into dance as many of their teachers joined them.

“Look at the kids,” El Dorado Hills resident and FLCCA board member John Raslear beamed. “And when there are performances at the assisted living facilities, they really wake up.”

Raslear volunteers as an outreach coordinator to bring professional musicians affiliated with FLCCA to schools in the greater community and to seniors in assisted living and dementia facilities.

Two-time Grammy nominated blues artist Nat Brown visited Sutter Middle School in early September, where the saxophone player and vocalist shared that he became blind when he was shot at 12 years old. He segued into talking to students about the importance of education before breaking into yet another memorable FLCCA performance.

The mission of FLCCA is:

  • To research, organize and present an affordably priced, annual musical performance season for the benefit of Sacramento region residents and also to foster, recognize and encourage an appreciation of music.
  • Through our free Outreach Program we bring professional musicians to students in K-12 schools and to senior citizens in residential living communities who cannot attend a theater presentation.
  • We encourage our next generation of musicians through our Scholarship Program that awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a performing arts education in a college or university.

For more information or to inquire about scheduling a performance visit FLCCA.org.

Julie Samrick

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